Plane crashes northwest Tehran

Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 from Tehran, Iran, to Yerevan, Armenia, crash near the village of Jannatabad, outside the city of Qazvin in north-western Iran. All 153 passengers and 15 crew (168 in total) on board have been reported as dead.

The plane crashed at 11:33 Iran Daylight Time (07:03 UTC), 16 minutes after take-off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

According to authorities the plane’s tail suddenly caught on fire. The pilot circled, trying to find a safe spot to land – but without success. The plane was completely destroyed after it smashed into an agricultural field .

This was the worst aviation accident in Iran since the 2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash in which 302 people were killed.

The aircraft was a Tupolev Tu-154M, a spokesman for Iran’s aviation agency reports. The aircraft involved was EP-CPG. The aircraft was built in 1987. It entered service with Bakhtar Afghan Airlines on 20 April 1987 as YA-TAR and was sold to Ariana Afghan Airlines in 1988. The aircraft served with them until sold to Caspian Airlines on 15 March 1998, 11 years after it was built.

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