[BREAKING] 40 Feared Dead In A Passenger Plane Crash Near Tehran's Mehrabad Airport

A plane has crashed after taking off from Tehran's Mehrabad airport, with some 40 people believed to have been onboard. There were no immediate details about the cause of the incident.

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A Passenger Plane Has Crashed In The Vicinity Of The Iranian Capital's Airport, According To Several Reports

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A small Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, state media reported. The aircraft, an Iran-140 jet typically used for short domestic flights, crashed near Mehrabad airport, west of Tehran, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Iran's State-Run Media Said At Least 40 People Onboard Were Feared Killed In The Crash. It Further Said, The Plane Went Down In A Residential Area After Its Engine Went Out.

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The Iran-140 Sepahan Air jetliner had barely left the airport, as it crashed shortly after take off, on the outskirts of the capital at 09:45 (0515 GMT) on Sunday, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency.

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Meanwhile, Iranian state television reported that the plane was an Iran-141 flown by Taban Air flight. The conflicting information could not be immediately reconciled.

Meanwhile, Abas Aslani, General Director Of World And FP At Tasnim News Agency, Has Been Tweeting Information About The Crash. He Tweeted:

There Were 48 Passengers And Crew Onboard The Plane, According To Aslani's Tweets. There Were Six Children Onboard, Of Whom Three Were Under Two And Another Three Under 12 Years Of Age.

Aslani Has Tweeted That Shortly After Takeoff, The Wing Of The Plane Detached, Which Led To The Crash

Meanwhile, RT.Com Reported That The Plane Appeared To Lost Control Before Taking Off From The Runway, And Only Lasted About Several Seconds In The Air Before Diving Into The Ground

The Mahrabad airport is situated in a western suburb of Tehran. It flies planes to domestic destinations and a small number of international ones. The incident is the latest in a series of airplane catastrophes suffered by Iran - the majority of them blamed on outdated equipment and poor maintenance.

Iran Has Suffered A Series Of Airplane Crashes, Blamed On Its Aging Aircraft And Poor Maintenance. Many Of The Boeing Aircraft In State-Run Iran Air's Fleet Were Bought Before The Country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

A small passenger plane crashed near Mehrabad airport, west of Tehran, state TV reported Sunday. Here, a plane at Mehrabad International airport in Tehran.

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Iranian airlines, including those run by the state, are chronically strapped for cash, and maintenance has suffered, experts say. U.S. sanctions prevent Iran from updating its American aircraft and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes as well. The country has come to rely on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era planes that are harder to get parts for since the Soviet Union's fall.

The last major airliner crash in Iran happened in January 2011, when an Iran Air Boeing 727 broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm in northwestern Iran, killing at least 77 people.

In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in northwest Iran shortly after taking off from the capital, killing all 168 on board. In February 2003 a Russian-made Ilyushin 76 carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran, killing 302 people aboard.

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