Details are just emerging of an Aseman Airlines ATR 72 having crashed in Iran, killing all 66 people on board. The plane crashed in southern Isfahan, into the Zagros mountains near the city of Semirom.
The plane had the registration EP-ATX, and was conducting a routine flight from Tehran to Yasuj, which covers a distance of ~330 miles. As of now details are still emerging, but it appears as if the weather enroute wasn’t good, as emergency helicopters weren’t initially able to get to the crash site.
Here’s what the country’s head of national security and foreign policy commission said, per Airlive:
“An ATR aircraft of Aseman Airlines with 60 passengers and about six crew disappeared from radar this morning,” Aladin Borujerdi, head of parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, told the semi-official ISNA news agency.
My thoughts are with the families and friends of all the passengers on board. How terrible.
This is the second major commercial plane crash in a week, as last week we a Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148 crash near the village of Argunovo, about 60 miles southeast of Moscow. All 71 passengers and crew on that flight died as well.
(Featured image courtesy of Konstantin von Wedelstaedt)