Cargo plane crashes in Iran with several onboard

Firefighters and security forces gather amidst the debris of a Boeing 707 cargo plane that reportedly crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran with 10 people onboard on January 14, 2019. - The plane overshot the runway during its landing, Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB. (Photo by HASAN SHIRVANI / various sources / AFP)

A military cargo plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran, the army said on Monday, with local media reporting at least 10 people onboard. The news agency, considered close to the military, said there were 16 people onboard and that only the flight engineer had survived.

 “A (Boeing) cargo 707 plane carrying meat took off from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and had an emergency landing at Fath airport this morning,” the army said in a statement on its website.

“It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway, Details of the accident and martyrdom or injury of the flight team is still being investigated,” the army added.

Fath airport is in Alborz province, just northwest of Tehran.

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