Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Iranian TV airs images of deadly plane crash site

Iranian TV airs images of deadly plane crash site

"Deep and unsafe crevices in the area of the crash have made it impossible for helicopters to land", Ghafoor Rastinrooz, director of the regional medical center, told official news agency IRNA.

Aseman Airlines, owned by Iran's civil service pension foundation, is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran and is Iran's third-largest airline by fleet size, behind state carrier Iran Air and Mahan Air.

The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all 66 people on board are feared to have been killed.

Aseman Airlines will soon be flying the new Boeing 737 MAXs
Aseman Airlines will soon be flying the new Boeing 737 MAXs Credit Getty

The footage shows the crash site against the side of a snow-covered mountain near Yasuj, some 485 miles south of Tehran, where the flight took off on Sunday.

The weather is expected to get even colder in the Zagros Mountains on Tuesday, making the search and rescue operation more hard.

"After searching the area, we learned that unfortunately. our dear passengers had lost their lives", Tabatabai said. Due to fog and strong winds, helicopters that were deployed for the search at dawn on Monday have had to be grounded, a Red Crescent official told local media.

The ATR aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop typically used for short-distance regional flights, hit the Dena Mountains. The plane carried was carrying 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members.

Aseman Airlines posted an image of the plane involved in the crash on its Instagram account.

Aseman was forced to ground many of its planes at the height of the sanctions due to difficulties in obtaining spares.

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national emergency services, said that a helicopter had been sent to the area.

Iran has suffered multiple aviation disasters, most recently in 2014 when 39 people were killed as a Sepahan Airlines plane crashed just after take-off from Tehran, narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market.

Those sanctions have been mostly lifted under a 2015 deal between Iran and the USA alongside several other powers. Chicago-based Boeing also signed a $3 billion deal that month to sell 30 737 MAX aircraft to Aseman Airlines.

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