In the north of Iran is a passenger plane with 168 people crashed. According to information from the television PressTV all occupants were presumably killed. The machine was 16 minutes after start up in flames. On board was the Iranian youth team in judo.
The machinery of the Iranian Caspian Airlines was on the way from Tehran in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Reporter of the broadcaster IRIB reported that wreckage of the aircraft parts were within a radius of several hundred meters around the crash site scattered around.
“There was an explosion, a ten meter deep crater in the earth today. We could do nothing. We have tried to fire as well as possible to remove, “said a member of the rescue teams. On the images of the television is on a much smaller field of metal parts to be seen.
According to the rescue in Kaswin the plane went up in flames and was completely destroyed. “The flight 7908 accident 16 minutes after take-off from the airport Imam Khomeini Airport,” said the spokesman of Iran’s aviation authority, Reza Jafarzadeh, the transmitter. On board were reported by the Reuters news agency 153 passengers and 15 crew members. The English-language television channel Press TV quoted a policeman with the words: “We believe that all occupants are dead.”
The body of the people on board were “completely burned,” said Police Chief Kaswins Massud Dschafari-Nassab. According to the ISNA news agency there was the Iranian youth team in judo on board the machine.
There are already suspicions about the cause of the accident: “The aircraft has already been burned in the air,” said Sirous Saberi of the provincial administration. There had been technical problems. The pilot had to crash-land. Iranian media reported that the crash occurred around 11:33 clock (9.03 clock BST).
According to reports the news agency Reuters is not the machine crashed to dreistrahlige act Tupolev 154, a total of the Iranian airline had four of these aircraft types. The airline Caspian Airlines was established in 1993 as a joint venture of Iran and Russia, was founded. They used aircraft of Russian design.
In recent years occurred several aircraft accidents in Iran. Sun died in September 2006, dozens of people, when a plane in the eastern city of Mashhad on the runway and burst into flames abkam up. In November 2006 a military machine crashed after take-off at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran that all 39 inmates died.
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