Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cargo plane crashes west of Tehran, crew hurt

A cargo plane crashed west of Tehran on Tuesday, injuring those on board, a senior police officer told state television. There were no reports of deaths. READ MORE

The official IRNA news agency said the plane was Bulgarian.

Iranian state media said the Antonov took off from Payam airport in Karaj, an industrial satellite city west of Tehran, at 5.30 p.m. (1400 GMT) but immediately requested an emergency landing.

The aircraft failed to make it back to the airport and crashed at Savoj Bolagh, outside Karaj.

Reza Jafarzadeh, head of public relations at Iran's Civil Aviation Authority, told IRNA a bird could have been sucked into the engine, causing the crash.