66 die as Iranian plane crashed into Dena mountain

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66 die as Iranian plane crashed into Dena mountain

TEHRAN: An Iranian passenger plane crashed into the Dena mountain on Sunday morning and all the 66 people on board were killed, Abed Zadeh, Chief of the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran confirmed.
The ATR-72 aircraft belonging to Iran Aseman Airlines had taken off from the capital at 08:00 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) but crashed near Bideh village of the central city of Semirom.
Pir-Hossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said the plane crashed only 185.2 kilometers (113 miles) before reaching Yasuj, Press TV reported.
The plane, with the flight number of 3704, had disappeared from the radar screen 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran, with 60 passengers and six crew members on board.
The crisis management bureau of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province met this morning and 20 emergency teams were dispatched to the region.
According to an official with Rescue and Welfare Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent Society, the windy, rainy and misty air condition at the Zagros Mountain Range in the region has made the survey almost unlikely for the time being and the helicopters’ operations are impossible, state IRIB TV reported.
Local people have rushed to the mountain area to help the emergency teams find the signs for the accident, IRIB said.
The Red Crescent deputy of Isfahan Province, Karimi, also told IRIB that two major factors of bad weather condition and the mountaineer geography of the area would make it longer for the survey.
Besides, the weather condition is broadcast to be snowy for the Sunday night, the Meteorological Organization of Isfahan Province said.
President Hassan Rouhani in a message on Sunday condoled death of over 60 Iranians in a passenger plane crash.
Today’s passenger plane crash claiming lives of all passengers and crew on board was source of regret, President Rouhani said in his message.
In the message, President Rouhani prayed for the victims and also sympathized with their bereaved families.
President Rouhani also called minister of roads and urban development based on the civil aviation law to attend and form a rescue headquarters to administrate emergency and rescue operations while reporting the main reasons of the plane crash and take necessary measures to avoid reccurrence of such incidents.
An Iranian passenger plane which crashed this morning had hit Dena Mountains, Iran Emergency Center announced.
The plane had 66 people on board, including 60 passengers, 2 flight attendants and pilots and 2 security forces, Iran Emergency Center spokesmen Mojtaba Khaledi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
The Asseman Airlines’ passenger plane crashed in the Kohangan Village near the Padena region, 120 Km from Semirom in Isfahan Province, Shahrokh Konari, Governor of the Kohgiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad Province earlier told IRNA. Meanwhile, Head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent Society Morteza Salimi said 20 operational teams from three provinces have been dispatched to the site.
The rescue helicopters are on alert, but bad weather conditions are hampering the rescue operation, he added. The ATR plane is a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flights.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a message on Sunday expressed condolences over deadly plane crash claiming lives of passengers as well as crews on board.
In the message, the Supreme Leader prayed for the souls of the victims and also sympathized with the bereaved families. The Supreme Leader also ordered related officials to spare no efforts to properly administer the incident.
An Iranian passenger plane which crashed this morning had hit Dena Mountains, Iran Emergency Center announced.
The plane had 66 people on board including 60 passengers, 2 flight attendants and pilots and 2 security forces, Iran Emergency Center spokesmen Mojtaba Khaledi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
The Asseman Airlines’ passenger plane crashed in the Kohangan Village near the Padena region, 120 Km from Semirom in Isfahan Province, Shahrokh Konari, Governor of the Kohgiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad Province earlier told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Meanwhile, Head of Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent Society Morteza Salimi said 20 operational teams from three provinces have been dispatched to the site. The rescue helicopters are on alert but bad weather conditions is hampering the rescue operation, he added. The ATR plane is a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flights. – NNI