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. Cesar

    Susan is age 33-36, physically attractive, married with 3 kids. Educated like her husband. Serious lady. Two income family, good moral values, probably a Baptist. Her husband is very, very, lucky- what a blue ribbon catch.

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

      Cesar, you are incorrect on most thoughts...I am in my mid fifties, mother of two who I have put through school alone on my own income, divorced 20 years, a United Methodist, educated and after having served over 700 disaster missons (floods, fires, hurricanes, tornados and etc.) I have held those who have been orphaned, those who have lost everything, those who have lost family members...those who were facing death, and no matter the nationality...we all cry, we all bleed, we all need to have hearts of compassion for one another. How else do you change the world but perhaps one at a time in letting them see how the Lord works through us to show Himself as a loving God. No blue ribbon but yeah...a good catch nonethless. If each person making rash unkind statements would stop and review what their words could do to heal instead of hate perhaps one's heart would feel lighter and the world would be brighter
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      January 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andrew

    You know what makes me angry, the fact that the US is so freaking stuck on themselves that all they talk about on the news is the tragedy of six deaths in Arkansas ( that happened YESTERDAY) and the freaking weather when there are most likely over 50 dead in a plane crash.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      I live in Arkansas and was aware of 6 deaths that were reported yesterday. Do you mean ARIZONA? I you can't get the name of the state right, maybe you NEED to watch more coverage about it. They are BOTH tragedies.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      *unaware

      January 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      It honestly makes you angry that the U.S shows things that happened in the U.S on the U.S. news? Really? That was a stupid comment. Also, to everyone else that wants to knock the U.S. The majority of Americans are very kind and caring, compassionate people and would give the shirts off their backs to help others, and have! I don't know how many times Americans have reached out and helped countries that would rather spit in our faces and see us dead, yet we still help. Sadly when it comes to places like Iran, one of the most common images we as Americans see are people burning our flag and chanting death to America. That tends to harden one after awhile. If you are on planet earth, whether you want to admit it or not, at some point the U.S. has helped you or your country in some way. Everyone screams for the U.S. to stay away, to go home and stay out of their business, the last time we did that a nasty little thing called World War II occurred. Will you really sleep better at night knowing that if your country is attacked by a hostile enemy that the U.S. is at home staying out of it? Financially and militarily? Think it over. Yeah we Americans are bad evil people, stuck on themselves! Pfffffft quit arguing about this kind of crap and start being part of the solution for a change. People died in this plane, mothers, fathers, children. People that had lives and loved ones. Think about them. And btw, this article was front page news on CNN so I am not sure what makes you think its not getting covered or seen.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    So if Iran hate the US so much why are they using our planes?

    January 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. USA

    Seriously CNN, who gives a f about Iran....why do you have to play their game and find a reason to put them in your headlines everyday....h#ll they probably shot them down to get some headlines to compete with the AZ shootings.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. monique

    why are people so cold hearted have your parents not teach you how to feel other people pain i mean u talking about mothers,fathers,sisters,aunties&uncles or do that even matter 2 some of you heartless peoples but i know if this was 1 of your family members then y'all wouild b posting something diffrent & i can put my life on that but always remember God is looking down on yall of u & u have2 answer 2 him on judgement day so shame on yall

    January 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. censored

    For all blaming US sanctions are ignorant. Iran is a terrorist country looking to make a nuclear bomb to extinguish israel, that's why. We don't send parts cause they make bombs out of them and send them to Hezbollah instead of using them for planes and such

    January 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnny5

    You obviously did not read the article. It was a Boeing 727. Either way, if you are looking for accurate information on Iran, Jewro-British-American "news" media is not the place to get it. I go to presstv (which the media in the US/Britain despises because of its truthfulness).

    January 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A Guy

    It wasn't due to shoddy American manufacturing, it was because they continue to use the planes they bought from us more than 30 years ago despite being unable to upgrade or even put in spare parts if things go bad. I'd much rather be in a Russian plane.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GrammerPls

    I have sinned.i av fallen short, apology 2 all, expecially those affected.by d way am not american

    January 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. damanr

    that is a shame really a shame to read some racial and awkward comments from some sick people , this may happen to every one of us ,keep your dirty comments to yourself,may all the victims rest in peace ,these are only innocent travellers :women men and children,you won't feel this pain until you lost one of your relatives in a plane crash.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GrammerPls

    I have sinned,i av fallen short.Apology 2 all, expecially those affected.By d way am not american

    January 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Henk

    Boeing.......................If it`s a Boeing I ain't Going!

    January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rendelov

    It was not a russian plane, for all those who rushed to blame russian manufacturing. But instead lets look on the level of compassion the "avreage joe" in your nation has by scanning through the comments. Discusting.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rendelov

      RIP victims

      January 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A.B.

    Too bad it wasn't carring the idiot running that country and his extreme terrorist government instead of innocent people.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pototoy Fernandez

    It couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of folks!

    January 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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