Boeing 707 Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

15 Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

15 Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

The Boeing 707 reportedly hit a building while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, west of Tehran.

There were 16 people onboard and only the flight engineer survived, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the military.

A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of the Iranian capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said.

Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the crew's decision to land at Fath Airport, which is some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southwest of Payam.

The plane went down at about 8:30 a.m. local time in the capital Tehran, Iran's emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand told state media outlet IRIB.

It is not clear who owned the plane.

Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing.

It showed footage of burning wreckage in a wooded area.

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran.

The plane's engines and wheels are spread across the crash site and images from inside the plane's hull show it is completely charred. The air force does operate Boeing 707s.

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