Plane with 105 aboard crashes in Iran
January 9th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Plane with 105 aboard crashes in Iran

A passenger plane carrying 105 people crashed in a snowy and mountainous region of northwestern Iran on Sunday, news agencies in the country reported.

Several people suffered severe injuries but at least 50 people have been rescued, the news agencies said.

At least 10 people with severe wounds were hospitalized, an emergency services official, Mojtaba Khalebi, said, according to the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency.

"The number of dead has not yet been determined because the priority is to save those that have been injured first," the news agency quoted him as saying. "Not all of the passengers have been killed. A number are still alive."

Severe weather at the crash site is making rescue operations difficult, he told the news agency.

Fifty to 60 people were taken from the plane with injuries, the Mehr news agency quoted Gholareza Masoomi, the head of Iran's Emergency Services, as saying.

"Fortunately, reports say that plane did not explode upon impact," and the crash may have happened when the plane was already nearing its destination and close to the ground, the news agency quoted him as saying.

The crash happened near Orumiyeh, a city in the mountainous Azarbaijan province, the semi-official Fars news agency said.

The IranAir aircraft crashed near Lake Orumiyeh, said Gholam-Reza Masoumi, head of the State Emergency Center in Iran, according to state-run Press TV.

The Boeing 727 took off from Tehran after a one-hour delay and was flying to Orumiyeh, Press TV said.

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  1. Mega Dittos

    105 little piggies are dead. Good riddance!

    January 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jesse

    May the peace of God flood the hearts of those who loss family members and pray for the countries that hate the united states in the name of Jesus Christ who is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

    January 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mohammed_Loves_Boys

    Good riddance! Fewer terrorists are alive now.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naxeem

      That's not what your mom was saying while I was stuffing her with my Persian sausage.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cyrus The Great

    we always do this , fighting together.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lawrence

    Don't suppose it hit Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's house?

    January 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jack harrison

    Sanctions did not cause the crash. Sanctions were imposed because the government of Iran is building an atom bomb and when they do, the least of anyone's worries will be a plane crashing. I

    January 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • UKJack

      Please, say what u will about that nut case regime...but this was all sanctions baby, and they where installed long before any talk of nuclear crisis was up in the air. The round of sanctions that embargo spare parts and sales of new airplanes has been in place since early 1980s.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mohammed_Loves_Boys

    Hope they suffered. Message to all muslims: You are terrorists and we are done with you!

    January 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mohammed_Loves_Boys

    Bet they cried to their filthy pig god.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Muslims, Christians and Jews have the same "pig God"

      January 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eve

      And Atheists don't BELIEVE God..while the 22 yr. old Tucson Arisona murder don't TRUST God. Which is worst?

      That murderer must be an Atheist, if not, referring him as one is simply overrating.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin4mph

    Dear Iran,

    Please read the posts below to show how civilized and sympathetic we the US can be and then lead by our example... Thank you.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    I had a dream about this 2 nights ago. I saw it happening.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @Ceaser: I don't like you.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GrammerPls

    @tigerlily, have u packed ur lunch box yet? and dont forget ur homework!

    January 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    I saw this in my dream two nights ago. I saw this happening.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ingunstheyalltrust

    a small event compared to the john wayne drinking fatalities of allahs will america. But for the good news..just like john wayne after the damage is done they use the special repent coupon..and all the rest of us are so "grateful" ... Media profits on both sides of the gun drinking binges of a cross hair society. drink up.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. txhumminbird

    My sympathies and prayers go out to all the victems and their families.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
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