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Passenger plane crashes in NW Iran near Orumiyeh

Source: Press TV

An Iranian passenger plane with 105 passengers aboard has crashed near the northwestern city of Orumiyeh, head of Iran's State Emergency Center Gholam-Reza Masoumi says.

The IranAir aircraft, with 105 passengers and crew on board, crashed near Lake Orumiyeh, Masoumi said on Sunday.

"The details of the incident will be announced later," IRINN quoted him as saying.

The Boeing 727 had taken off from Mehr-Abad Airport in the Iranian capital, Tehran, with a one-hour delay and was en route to Orumiyeh International Airport when the incident happend.

"So far no deaths have been reported but 50 of the 105 people aboard have survived the crash," Masoumi told Fars News on Sunday.

He added that "heavy snow that is about 70 cm" has hindered rescue operations.

"All hospitals in Orumiyeh have been placed on alert," he added.

Iranian civilian plane crashes have increased by five times since the 1980s, and since 2001, 15 major civilian planes have crashed. Seven of these planes were American Boeing jets and Lockheed C-130s, arguably the safest aircrafts available. Yet, they have frequently crashed due to "mechanical failures."

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