An Iran Air Boeing 727 crashed minutes prior to landing at Orumiyeh airport in northwestern Iran. 70 passengers were killed in the crash with 32 hospitalized. The flight, Iran Air 227, had taken off from Tehran earlier today. This is the fourth crash of a commercial aircraft in the country in the past 18 months.
Photos: Mehr News Agency
UPDATE: Fars News Agency reports that 73 passengers have lost their lives and many are in critical conditions [Fars, 10 January]. Uskowi on Iran extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy and to the Iran Air family.
UPDATE: The Boeing 727 that crashed in Orumiyeh on Sunday was involved in another mishap ten years ago. Then the plane nose-landed at Shiraz airport when its front landing gear could not open. This aircraft was first put in service by Iran Air in 1974 and has been banned to enter European airspace along with other older planes due to safety concerns.