116 killed in Tehran air crash

Tuesday 06 December 2005 20.18
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Tehran - 116 dead in plane crash
Tehran - 116 dead in plane crash
Apartments - Set on fire by aircraft
Apartments - Set on fire by aircraft

116 bodies have now been recovered after an Iranian military plane crashed into a Tehran apartment block today and burst into flames.

All those aboard the aircraft and at least ten people on the ground were killed.

A government official estimated the apartment block housed about 250 people.

The C-130 transport aircraft came down in a densely populated district of the city, setting the 10-storey building ablaze.

The aeroplane had apparently been trying to make an emergency landing at Tehran's international airport when it hit the apartment block.

Among the passengers were 39 state television employees and eight other journalists. They were flying to the southeastern port city of Charbahar to cover military exercises.

In Iran's last major military air disaster, an Iranian troop carrier crashed in the southeast of the country on 19 February 2003, killing all 276 Revolutionary Guard soldiers and crew aboard.