Cargo plane crashed in Iran; 15 dead, one survives

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An Iranian rescue worker at the site of a Boeing 707 cargo plane crash, at Fath Airport about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.
An Iranian rescue worker at the site of a Boeing 707 cargo plane crash, at Fath Airport about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

New Delhi : Following the bad weather, a Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed today on the west of the Iranian capital. The onboard crash killed 15 out of the 16 people, the Iranian army confirmed.

The flight engineer who is the only survivor was rushed to the hospital, the army said in a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. 

The military cargo plane went down near Fath airport, near Karaj in the central Iranian province of Alborz.

"A Boeing cargo 707 place carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan had an emergency landing at Fath airport today ... the flight engineer has been dispatched to the hospital," the army said.

"It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway," the army.

Earlier on Monday, a spokesman for Iran’s civil aviation told had told state TV that the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan, while a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport said the plane belonged to Iran’s Payam Air.

State TV said rescue teams had been sent to the accident spot, between the airports of Fath and Payam. It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash area.