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Iranian plane with 66 passengers on board crashes

 (Muslim Times) -An Iranian airliner with 66 people on board, which was flying from the capital Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, has crashed in the central city of Semirom, authorities said on Sunday.An official in the southwestern Province of Kohgiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad said on Sunday that all passengers and crews on board of the crashed Iranian ATR plane are reportedly dead.Reports say those on board were 60 passengers, two security guards, two flight attendants and the pilot and co-pilot.

The aircraft, which had taken off from the capital on Sunday morning, disappeared off radar later.

Pir-Hossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said the plane had crashed in Semirom in the central Isfahan province, only 185.2 kilometers (113 miles) before reaching Yasuj.The report identified the plane operated by Aseman Airlines as an ATR-72.According to Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the plane was carrying 66 people, including six crew.

Foggy weather has hampered aerial rescue efforts in the Padena mountainous area, where the crash is believed to have happened, officials said.

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