Cargo plane crashes in Iran with 10 onboard

Cargo plane crashes in Iran with 10 onboard

IRIB said the plane hit a building after the pilot chose the wrong runway while trying to land at Fath airport in Alborz province, just east of Tehran.

The army's statement came after some confusion over who owned the plane.

Officials are continuing to search for bodies in the wreckage.

A fire engulfed the plane immediately after the crash in the town of Safadasht on Monday, about 50 kilometres southwest of Tehran.

Conservative news agency Tasnim said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek. Images showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounding by charred homes.

It says rescue teams, including ambulances and a helicopter, have rushed to the site of the crash.

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible "martyrdom", was under investigation.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belonged to the air force. The air force does operate Boeing 707s.

The plane initially reportedly had 10 people on board, but that figure later rose to 16.

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