Cargo plane crashes in Iran with several onboard

Cargo plane crashes in Iran with several onboard

A cargo plane crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran with 10 people onboard, state TV reported Monday.

According to local reports, the Boeing B707 mid-size aircraft was travelling from Bishkek, Kyrgyztan when it crashed after the pilot mistook Payam International Airport, in the Alborz Province near Tehran, with another airfield.

"It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway", the army.

Iran's state TV said rescue teams, including ambulances and a helicopter, rushed to the site of the crash.

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran.

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The plane "overshot the runway during its landing", Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran's aviation organisation, told broadcaster IRIB. However a spokeswoman for the Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

But a source told Fars agency that the plane belonged to the Iranian military's air force.

Dramatic images show smoke billowing from the area as emergency services race to the scene.

It was later confirmed it belonged to Iran's air force.

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