Plane Crashes in Iran with 66 people aboard

Iran Aseman Airlines ATR-72 with 60+ passengers on board crashed near the city of Semirom

An Aseman Airlines Iranian plane with 60+ people on board crashed near the city of Semirom in the Isfahan Province of Iran.The plane vanished from radar after taking off at about 5am local time. The aircraft went off radar midflight from Tehran to Yasuj. A crash site was found near Semirom.

Rescue teams have been sent to the scene to search for survivors.  Semirom is located about 80 km north from Yasuj, the capital of the south-western Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.

Iran’s Press TV news channel states the number of people on the passenger plane as 66.

The plane is an ATR 72, a French-Italian short-haul regional airliner. The model, which was introduced in the late 1980s, is new for the Iranian aviators. The country signed a contract to buy 20 ATR 72s in 2016 with an option for 20 more and received the first batch last year.

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