Cargo plane crashes in Iran, multiple fatalities

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The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometres west of Tehran, the Iranian capital.

The plane overshot the runway during its landing, Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB. AFP.

"A (Boeing) cargo 707 place carrying meat took off from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and had an emergency landing at Fath airport this morning", the army said in a statement on its website. There was no immediate information on casualties.

State TV said rescue teams had been sent to the area, between the airports of Fath and Payam.

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Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belonged to the air force.

Photographs from the scene show the tail of a plane protruding from trees surrounded by buildings, black smoke filling the air and bright fires burning on the ground.

The head of Iran's emergency department, Pirhossein Kolivand, said earlier: "We don't have clear information about the details of the crash".

It was later confirmed it belonged to Iran's air force. Another official told Fars that 10 people were on board and that they were all feared killed.

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