Iran air force cargo plane crashes, killing at least 15

The cargo plane that crashed in Iran reportedly departed from Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport

The cargo plane that crashed in Iran reportedly departed from Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport

A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed, and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 15 people, the army said Monday.

Iranian news agencies said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek.

Earlier Iranian state media said 10 people were on board of the crashed plane.

Fath airport belongs to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, and is located in the central Iranian province of Alborz.

Consequently, the pilot lost control of the plane, ran out of runway, and hit the walls separating the airfield from neighbouring residential areas.

Iran's state TV said rescue teams, including ambulances and a helicopter, rushed to the site of the crash.

It was not immediately clear who owned the plane.

Emergency crews work at the site of the plane crash on Monday.

A spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport said the plane, en route from Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport, belonged to Iran's Payam Air. First responders recovered the bodies of seven crash victims.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service.

The plane was reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan.

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran. The air force does operate Boeing 707s.

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