An Iranian airliner with 60 passengers from Tehran crashed into a fog-covered mountain as it approached its final destination Sunday morning, killing everyone on board, according to local reports.
The ATR-72 with the country’s Aseman Airlines crashed near the remote mountain town of Semirom during its descent to the Yasuj Airport in southern Iran, the Fars News Agency reported.
FlightRadar 24 data shows the flight vanished from radar at an altitude of 16,975 feet.
The 24-year-old turboprop plane was staffed with six crew members. A child was among the casualties.
Search crews in helicopters were unable to find or reach the crash site in the Zagros Mountains due to foggy weather. The Iranian Red Crescent sent crews to the region in their place.
Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai said the plane crashed into Mount Dena.
The semi-private carrier is the nation’s third largest air travel company and is based in Tehran. It hosts a fleet of 29 planes, six of which were produced by the European manufacturer ATR.
The last major mass-casualty to strike Aseman Airlines took place in October 1994, when a commuter plane crashed near Natanz. Sixty-six people died in the wreckage.
Air accidents have been on the rise in Iran as decades of sanctions thwarted updates to its aging fleet. After signing the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian officials signed up to buy new planes from Airbus and Boeing.
With News Wire Services