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Plane crash in central Iran kills all 66 passengers on board

Iran: A passenger plane carrying 66 people crashed in the central during a from to southwestern City of Yasuj.All 66 passengers on board have been according to the authorities.

The 72, a twin-engine turboprop operated by Aseman Airlines, crashed due to the bad into Mount Dena near the town of Semirom, an official at the Iranian carrier said.

Local officials in Semirom said the crash site was hard to reach and rescue had been unable to land because of heavy fog and rain.

While talking to the media, spokesman for Iran’s emergency services Mojtaba Khaledi said rescue teams had traveled to the crash site by land and were trying to find the debris.

“The is currently cloudy and rainy and rescuers are searching for the plane but they have not sighted it yet. Despite the poor conditions, relief groups are continuing their search,” he said.

Air controllers said that the plane went off radar screens 50 minutes after it took off from Mehrabad in at around 8:00 am (0430 GMT). The had 60 passengers, including a child, and six crew.

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