plane crashes with 66 people on board in Iran

Although the information has not yet been confirmed officially, it is feared that the 60 passengers and six crew members of the aircraft have died. The bad weather hinders the work of the rescuers who have not yet been able to reach the area of ​​the accident.

A commercial plane of the company Aseman Airlines with 66 people on board crashed this Sunday in a mountainous area of ​​the region of Samirom, in the Iranian province of Isfahan, confirmed the authorities of that country.

Although at first the airline reported in a statement that all occupants of the aircraft (60 passengers and six crew members) had died, he later retracted saying that at the moment he can not confirm this information.

The spokesman for the Iranian airline Aseman, which operated the injured ATR-72, Mohamad Taqí Tabatabaí, told the Efe news agency that although initially it was reported that the 66 people who were traveling on the ATR-72 plane had died based on testimony from inhabitants of the area, the airline staff and rescuers has not yet been able to access the place to confirm it.

“The place is mountainous and difficult to access,” said the spokesman, who pointed to the adverse weather conditions as the cause of the accident.

Flight EP3704 left the Iranian capital, Tehran, at 8:00 am local time with detino to the city of Yasuy, in the southwest of the country, and crashed about an hour later in the Zagros mountain range.

The emergency teams sent a helicopter to the scene of the accident, but could not land because of the rain, fog and wind.

At the moment, the returnees sent from three provinces of the country are two hours from the top of the mountain where it is believed that the plane is crashed.

The Iranian air fleet is obsolete due to years of international sanctions that hindered the purchase of spare parts.

However, after the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers in July 2015, Iranian airlines signed several agreements to purchase hundreds of aircraft with the manufacturers Airbus, Boeing and ATR to renew their fleet.

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