An Iranian soldier shouts as he stands next to the wreckage of a plane crash near Tehran, Iran on Aug. 10, 2014. A passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of Iran's capital Tehran on Sunday morning, killing all the 48 people on board, state IRINN TV reported. (Xinhua/Ahmad)
TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- A passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of Iran's capital Tehran on Sunday morning, killing all the 48 people on board, state IRINN TV reported.
The Antonov-140 plane, bound for Iran's eastern Tabas city, crashed after taking off from Tehran Mehrabad Airport at 9:45 a.m. local time (0515 GMT), official IRNA news agency said.
A total of 48 people, including 40 passengers and eight crew members, were on board when the plane crashed in the residential area of Azadi town, just 5 km to the west of Tehran, IRINN said.
Failure in one of the plane's engines caused the plane to crash on the northern side of Tehran-Karaj highway, semi-official 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 use aircraft in recent years.
In the latest incident in January 2011, an air crash near the airport of the northwestern city of Urmia killed 77 people, including four foreigners.