Tehran: A Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran’s capital, state media reported, with local reports suggesting at least seven people were killed.
Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the air field from a residential neighborhood. Images carried by Iran’s state-run media showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounding by charred homes.
The plane crashed at Fath Airport when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Tehran, the Iranian capital. Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the crew’s mistake. Fath Airport belongs to Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.
The plane was carrying a cargo of meat from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, to Iran.