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A civilian airliner has crashed on take-off near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Sunday, August 10, 2014, the Iranian news agencies said.

Passenger jet crashes near Tehran airport, over 40 feared dead
Plane crash in Tehran, Iran | Photo Credit: @abasinfo via Twitter

The small Iran-141 passenger plane, flight 5915, has crashed into a residential complex with state television reporting that more than 40 people were feared dead in the incident.

The small Iran-141 passenger plane, flight 5915, has crashed into a residential complex
Newest photo from plane crash in Iran |  Credit: @abasinfo via Twitter


The Sepahan Air jetliner had barely left the airport, as it crashed shortly after take off, on the outskirts of the capital at 09:45 (0515 GMT) on Sunday.




Global news channel Russia Today said that 48 people were aboard of Sepahan Air plane, including 6 kids.

News.com.au reported that Iran has suffered a series of airplane crashes, blamed on its ageing aircraft and poor maintenance. Many of the Boeing aircraft in IranAir’s fleet were bought before the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which disrupted ties with the U.S. and Europe.

The last major airliner crash in Iran happened in January 2011, when an Iran Air Boeing 727 broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm in northwestern Iran, killing at least 77 people.

In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in northwest Iran shortly after taking off from the capital, killing all 168 on board.

In February 2003 a Russian-made Ilyushin 76 carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran, killing 302 people aboard.

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