A passenger plane with 66 on board has crashed in Iran, with all aboard feared dead
The Aseman Airlines flight was carrying 60 passengers and six crew.
A passenger plane has crashed in the Iranian mountains, will all 66 people on board feared dead.
The plane was flying from the country's capital of Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, about 780km south.
Iranian authorities have stated that the plane was flown by Aseman Airlines, a semi-private air carrier, with headquarters in Tehran, that specialises in flights to remote airfields across the country. Aseman Airlines also flies internationally.
The plane, an ATR-72, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620km south of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency said.
The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop, is used for short-distance regional flying. Authorities said they would be investigating the crash.
According to media the crashed aircraft is an ATR 72 from Iran Aseman Airlines.
In Flightradar24 database there are 6 ATR 72 aircraft that belong to Iran Aseman Airlines. All 6 have old transponders that can only be tracked with MLAT.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 18, 2018
Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai said there had been 60 passengers, including one child, with six crew members on board.
He added: "After searches in the area, unfortunately we were informed that the plane crashed.
"Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident."
The plane is thought to have crashed into Mount Dena, which is around 1,440ft high and a sub-range within the Zagros Mountains.
It's understood that the area was quite foggy at the time of the crash. The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the crash site.