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Iranian plane crashes near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, 38 dead
Sunday August 10, 2014 8:04 PM, Agencies

An Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, Iranian state media reported.

Iran Plane crash
[A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards reacts as he stands next to the remains of a plane that crashed near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10, 2014. A civilian airliner crashed on take-off near the Mehrabad airport in the capital, Iranian news agencies said. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE]

Initial reports said that all passengers and crew on board had been killed, but state media later reported that some passengers had been injured and transferred to hospital.

Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said that eight or nine had survived and quoted a doctor as saying that one of the injured had regained consciousness.

State television said 38 people died instantly and 10 were injured and were transferred to hospital in critical condition.

Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported that five had been taken to hospital, but cited a doctor at Imam Hospital as saying they had died.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the passengers included two infants and three children under the age of 12, Irna reported.

The Taban Airlines plane crashed at 9.18 a.m, Xinhua reported.

Failure in one of the plane's engines caused the plane to crash on the northern side of Tehran-Karaj highway, Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Ilkhani, the head of Iran Airports Company, as saying.

Iran has seen several air disasters involving both civil and military aircraft in recent years.

In January 2011, an air crash near the airport of the northwestern Urmia city killed 77 people including four foreigners.

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