15 Killed As Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

Firefighters and security forces gather amidst the debris of a Boeing 707 cargo plane that reportedly crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran with 10 people onboard on January 14, 2019.  HASAN SHIRVANI / MIZAN NEWS / AFP


A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 15 people, the army said Monday.

The plane was carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan when it crashed near the capital Tehran, an army spokesman told state TV, adding that only the flight engineer survived.

“The plane had 16 passengers, 14 of whom were the army crew and two were civilians; 15 were martyred,” spokesman Amir Taghikhani said. “One, the flight engineer, was injured and is currently in hospital.”

The charred remains of a plane’s fuselage with Iranian Air Force colours, its nose wedged through the wall of what appeared to be a house, were seen in photographs obtained by AFP.

Wreckage including a landing gear and a mangled jet engine were scattered nearby.

“A (Boeing) cargo 707 place carrying meat took off from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and had an emergency landing at Fath airport this morning,” the army said earlier in a statement on its website.

“It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway.”

Fath airport is in Alborz province, just northwest of Tehran.

The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, earlier said there were 16 people onboard and that only the flight engineer had survived.

State broadcaster IRIB showed footage of burning wreckage.

 Still smouldering 

Investigators found a black box from the plane, which will provide more details about the crash, deputy Alborz governor Azizollah Shahbazi told Tasnim news agency.

Pictures published by local media showed the charred carcasses of the animals on board, still smouldering inside one of the buildings the plane smashed into.

Fars carried a video showing emergency teams cutting through the aircraft’s nose, which had penetrated what it said was an empty residential complex.

Iran’s ageing air fleet has had a string of crashes in recent years.

Iran’s Aseman Airlines was ordered to ground its fleet of ATR planes in February last year after one of them crashed in the Zagros mountains, killing all 66 people onboard.

Iran has been subject to tough US sanctions for years, hindering the purchase of new aeroplanes and critical spare parts for the US-made planes in its air force, civilian flag carrier Iran Air and domestic airlines.

Hopes for a change in the situation were dashed last May when Washington pulled out of a landmark 2015 deal over Iran’s nuclear programme, reimposing sanctions that had been lifted as part of the multilateral accord.


Malaysia Oil Tanker ‘Not Hijacked’- Officials

malaysia, indonesia, oil tanker, MT Vier HarmoniAccording to officials in Malaysia and Indonesia, a Malaysian oil tanker has not been hijacked as earlier reported, but taken to Indonesia by its own crew.

The MT Vier Harmoni, carrying 900,000 litres of diesel, is being searched in Batam Island, Indonesia.

Indonesian Navy spokesman, Edi Sucipto told BBC that the confusion was due to an “internal management problem”. Malaysia also said it was an “internal dispute”.

Earlier, reports said that the Malaysian oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel had been hijacked and taken to Indonesian waters.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said the Vier Harmoni was believed to have been taken in waters off Kuantan port.

The agency’s director tweeted that the ship was believed to be off the Indonesian Island of Batam.

Its cargo is reportedly worth about 1.57m ringgit ($392,795; £300,000).

The head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the dispute between the operator and the crew had been resolved but he did not outline what had happened to the ship’s oil cargo, or whether it would sail back to Malaysia.