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At least 36 Iranians injured in flight accident: press

At least 36 passengers of a flight on which Iranian hajj pilgrims were returning to the Caspian city of Sari were injured and admitted to hospital after their plane suddenly lost altitude due to inclement weather conditions, IRNA reported from Tehran on Saturday quoting the press.

The passengers sustained injuries after hitting the roof and the body of the plane which was en route to Dasht-e Naz airport in Sari from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the evening daily Kayhan said.

Eleven of those injured were hospitalized and 25 others received treatment for minor injuries, it said, adding the general condition of the patients was good.

Governor of Mazandaran province Panjeh Fouladgaran, said the cause of the injuries was mostly the fact that most of the passengers had not fastened their safety belts.

The incident follows the crash of an Iranian Kish Airlines flight in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday, in which 43 people were killed.

Three people on board the Fokker 50 twin-turboprop aircraft survived the crash in Sharjah as it narrowly missed a residential area before plunging to the ground.

The fatalities included 16 Iranians, including the six crew members, 13 Indians, four Egyptians, two Algerians, four Filipinos, one Bangladeshi, one Cameroonian, two Nepalese, one Kenyan, one Sudanese and one UAE national.

An Iranian, an Egyptian and a Filipino were the survivors of the crash.

The cause of the crash has not been established yet.

... Payvand News - 2/15/04 ... --

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