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Passenger plane crashes near Iran's capital, 40 killed

English.news.cn   2014-08-10 15:51:35

TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- A passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of Iran's capital Tehran on Sunday morning, killing at least 40 people, official IRNA news agency reported.

The Antonov-140 of Iranian Taban Airlines, bound for Tabas city in eastern Iran, crashed after taking off from Tehran Mehrabad Airport at 9:45 a.m. local time (0515 GMT), according to the report.

Meanwhile, semi-official Fars news agency said a total of 48 people, including seven children, were on board when the plane crashed in the residential area of Azadi town, 5 km to the west of Tehran.

Failure in one of the plane's engines reportedly caused the crash, IRNA said.

Editor: yanting
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