Aseman Airlines first claims 66 onboard killed in Iran plane crash, then says not sure yet


TEHRAN: An aircraft of Iran’s Aseman Airlines with 66 people onboard crashed on Sunday. At the onset, the Airlines claimed that all aboard the flight were killed. However, soon after, it retracted its statement saying they cannot determine how many have been killed. It said that rescue teams were struggling to find the wreckage of the ATR-72 twin-engine plane.

“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,” Mohammad Tabatabaie, Aseman’s public relations chief told the ISNA news agency.

The plane crashed amid severe weather in the Zagros mountains after taking off on a domestic flight from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport at around 8 am for the city of Yasuj in Isfahan province.

“After searches in the area, unfortunately, we were informed that the plane crashed. Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident,” Tabatabai had earlier said adding that the plane was carrying 60 passengers, including one child, as well as six crew members.