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IranAir jet with 106 people crashes killing 80
Shamim | 10 Jan 2011

An IranAir passenger jet with 106 people onboard is reported to be crashed as it was making an emergency landing in north-western Iran Sunday night. Iranian media reports the plane broke into several pieces when it was landing during snowstorm, killing 80

AN IRANAIR passenger jet with 106 people onboard is reported to have crashed as it was making an emergency landing in north-western Iran Sunday night. Iranian media reports the plane broke into several pieces when it was landing during snowstorm, killing 80 of those on board. The others survived with slight injuries.

Quoting a deputy provincial governor, Ebrahim Fatholahi, a news agency reported that the  pilots of the Boeing-727, operated by Iran's national airline, attempted the emergency landing in the city of Orumiyeh, 700 kilometres northwest of Iranian capital, Tehran, after reporting a technical failure to the control tower. The nature of the technical failure was unclear.

According to the news agency the aircraft missed the radar and came down in a farmland after making a second attempt to land. The aircraft was heading from Tehran to Orumiyeh, capital of West Azerbaijan province.

Iranian State TV said rescue workers and local farmers were searching for survivors on Sunday night in parts of the wrecked plane. Speaking to State TV deputy governor of West Azerbaijan, Javad Mahmoudi however confirms that thirty-five people survived, including two crew members saying 71 persons lost their lives. He added some of the passengers were only lightly wounded and able to walk off the plane, but some had to be taken to hospital.

According to Mahmoud Mozaffar, head of the rescue department of Iran's Red Crescent Society, the plane broke into several pieces, but there was no explosion or fire.

Iran has a history of air accidents. The last major crash was in July 2009, when a plane caught fire mid-air and crashed in northern Iran, killing 168 people. In 2003 an Iranian troop carrier crashed in the south-east, killing all 276 soldiers and crew on board.