- A passenger plane went down in the mountainous area in Iran due to bad weather
- The domestic flight was carrying 60 passengers and 6 crew members
- Rescue efforts are underway but are being hampered by heavy fog in the area
All 66 people onboard a passenger plane are feared dead after the aircraft crashed due to bad weather in the mountainous area in Iran on Sunday, February 18.
Flight EP3704, a domestic flight operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines, reportedly went down near the town of Semirom about an hour after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport at 04:30 GMT.
The aircraft was carrying 60 passengers and 6 crew; all of them are believed to have perished in the accident.
Authorities are blaming the heavy fog in the area, although local media claimed the French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop ATR 72-500 had experienced technical problems weeks before the crash.
The Red Crescent has deployed rescue workers at the crash site but their efforts have been hampered by heavy fog on the Dena Mountain where the aircraft came down.
Earlier, the airline said all people onboard were killed but later retracted their statement, according to BBC, and said: “Given the special circumstances of the region, we still have no access to the spot of the crash and therefore we cannot accurately and definitely confirm the death of all passengers of this plane.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani both issued messages of condolences and ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.