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Plane crashes in village northwest of Tehran

All 168 people onboard are killed in the accident


 

A Caspian Airlines flight heading from Tehran to Yerevan in Armenia crashed down in the Iranian village of Jannatabad early Wednesday morning, killing all 168 passengers aboard. The aircraft was just 16 minutes into its flight when, according to an eyewitness, it suddenly fell from the sky and exploded on impact. Mohammad Reza Montazer Khorasan, the head of the disaster management centre at Iran’s health ministry, said officials won’t know what caused the accident until they conduct “a thorough investigation of all contributing elements.” The Russian-built plane is believed to have been carrying mostly Armenians and some Georgians, though reports suggested 10 members of Iran’s national junior judo team may have also been onboard.

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