Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A Tupolev passenger aircraft crashed in northwestern Iran on Wednesday and 168 people on board were killed, Iranian media reported.
The Caspian Airlines aircraft was carrying 153 passengers and 15 crew, Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s aviation organisation, told state television.
State television showed footage of debris from the plane and some body parts.
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“It’s been a major disaster with pieces of aircraft spread over an area of 200 square metres,” a fire brigade official told Iranian state television.
“There was an explosion which left an indentation 10 metres deep in the ground. There was nothing we could do. We tried to put out the fire as best we could,” he said.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 4:14 am