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File photo of a ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines File photo of a ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines  (AFP or licensors)

Search continues for missing Iranian plane

The search continues for an Iranian passenger plane which crashed into mountains in central Iran on Sunday morning.

By Nathan Morley

The wreckage of the Aseman Airlines plane is thought to be in the Zagros Mountains, but blizzard like conditions have hindered efforts to pinpoint the exact site of the tragedy.

The domestic flight vanished from radars an hour after leaving Tehran Airport for city of Yasuj on Sunday.

Twenty emergency teams continue scouring the region, with the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran announcing that 66 people - all passengers and crew on the ill-fated flight were killed.

There is no immediate indication of the cause of the crash, but officials from the department of aviation will examine the black box of the ATR-72 once it is discovered.

According to media in Iran, the aircraft had been in service for 25 years.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani spoke of his "great grief and sorrow" and sent his sympathy to the families of those lost in the disaster.

Relatives of the plane's passengers have gathered at Tehran airport and Yasuj, its intended destination.

Aseman Airlines is a large company with a fleet of 26 planes.

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19 February 2018, 16:01