TEHRAN: An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, state media reported.
Pirhossein Koulivand-the head of the country's emergency medical services said, out of 16 people on board, only the flight engineer was known to have survived. Iranian media reported seven bodies from the crash had been recovered.
“Fire engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway. The pilot lost control of the aircraft, following, it hit the walls separating the Fath Airport from a residential area”, the officials said.
The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometres west of Tehran, the Iranian capital.
As per the report, the plane was carrying a cargo of meat from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, to Iran.
With inputs from AP
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