Iran plane crash kills all 66 people on board

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A plane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people on board, according to a spokesman for Aseman Airlines.

The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, about 390 miles south of the capital Tehran.

It had been flying from Tehran to the southern city of Yasuj, according to Iran’s Fars news agency.

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.

Aseman is a semi-private air carrier that specialises in flights to remote airfields in Iran.

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