Plane carrying 66 people crashes in southern Iran

  • Plane carrying 66 people crashes in southern Iran

Plane carrying 66 people crashes in southern Iran

Iran's emergency services say an Iranian airliner has crashed in the central province of Isfahan with dozens of people on board.

Asghar Salimi, a representative of Semirom in the parliament, said in an interview with Tasnim that special teams and forces are now searching for the exact location of the crash.

It had been flying from Tehran to the southern city of Yasuj, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

There was no immediate word of casualties.

Iranian media reported. The ATR-made plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom, news agency ISNA reported.

Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai said there had been 60 passengers, including one child, with six crew members on board.

The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the area.

Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.