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39 killed as passenger plane crashes in Iran

39 killed as passenger plane crashes in Iran

An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic route crashed into a Tehran suburb shortly after takeoff early Sunday, killing 39 and leaving nine injured, according to official accounts.

There were unconfirmed reports that three survivors were being treated for severe burns.

The Antonov An-140 turboprop aircraft operated by Sephahan Airlines was scheduled to fly from Mehrabad Airport to the eastern city of Tabas when it plummeted to the ground in the suburb of Azadi about 9:18 a.m. local time, officials said.

Thick plumes of black smoke billowed from the crash site as firefighters and rescue workers converged on the chaotic scene.

Some relatives of passengers on the...

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