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Plane crashes in Tabriz, no crew, passengers hurt

Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Prov, Feb 3, IRNA -- A foreign plane en route to Vienna, Austria, from Karachi, Pakistan, via Iranian corridor crashed in Tabriz International Airport on Wednesday, said an official here on Wednesday.

Director-General of the provincial Airports Affairs Office Ali Orang confirmed the report here Thursday, saying the plane with six passengers and crew had landed in Tabriz airport for refueling but crashed upon take off.

None of the passengers and the crew were hurt, however, thanks to the timely action of the airport personnel and timely activation of the airport's technical system, said Orang.

The Iranian official said the plane, of the Lierjet model, belonged to the German-based International Air Ambulance Service, carrying two crew, the representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross and an Australian girl patient as well as two accompanying passengers.

He said the pilot and the passengers were immediately led to the Airport's reception hall and underwent medical treatment.

Having taken a rest and reception at Tabriz International Airport for hours, the group were flown to Romania by another plane of the International Air Ambulance Services, he added.

The technicians of Tabriz Airport along with representatives of the foreign company are now busy working to remove the technical fault of the plane, he said.

Tabriz International Airport, the oldest airport in Iran, is located northwest of the country, conducting 16 domestic and overseas flights a day.

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