A plane crash has killed 66 individuals, as authorities speculate bad weather may have been the cause. Video coverage of the tragedy is included below.
According to government reports, an Aseman Airlines flight went down in a mountainous area south of Tehran, Iran. There are no survivors.
A passenger plane crashed in a mountainous region in southern Iran on Sunday, killing all 66 people on board, an airline spokesman told Iran state television.
Aseman Airlines Flight No. 3704 came down near the city of Yasuj, about 485 miles south of Tehran, the airline said. The ATR-72 — a twin-engine turboprop — was near its destination when it crashed into Mount Dena while carrying 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members, Iran Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai told state TV.
“After searching the area, we learned that unfortunately … our dear passengers had lost their lives,” Tabatabai said.
Rescue helicopters heading to the scene couldn’t land near the crash site because of heavy fog, Reuters reported. Emergency workers were trying to reach the area by land, the semi-official Mehr news agency said. Other weather-related issues prevented rescuers from finding the plane.
“Heavy snow is making it difficult for rescuers to find the site of the crash,” a TV reporter stated.
The plane disappeared from radar screens about 50 minutes after departing from Tehran, according to local media reports.
Iran Aseman Airlines is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specializes in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally. The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed personnel to the area. Authorities said they would be investigating.
The carrier, owned by Iran’s civil service pension foundation, has a fleet of 29 aircraft, including six ATR aircraft, according to FlightRadar24, a plane-tracking website. It is Iran’s third-largest airline by fleet size, behind state carrier Iran Air and Mahan Air.
European airplane manufacturer ATR, a Toulouse, France-based partnership of Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo S.p.A., said it had no immediate information about the crash. The manufacturer specializes in regional turboprop aircraft of 90 seats or less.
This tweet from The New York Post shows the type of plane involved in the crash.
“After searching the area, we learned that unfortunately … our dear passengers had lost their lives” https://t.co/91soAAN3a7
— New York Post (@nypost) February 18, 2018
Here is video from RT.