A 39-year-old Iranian-owned cargo plane crashed on Monday in a residential neighborhood near the capital, Tehran, killing 15 people on board, state media reports said. A member of the crew survived and was hospitalized.
State television announced that the plane had struck an area near Fath airfield, northwest of Tehran, and had caught fire. It was not clear if there were casualties among the people on the ground.
The aircraft, a Boeing 707 passenger transport aircraft equipped for cargo, was carrying lamb meat from Kyrgyzstan to Iran, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. .
Iran is one of the last countries to fly with the 707, built between 1957 and 1979. Many aircraft in the country are old: sanctions imposed by the United States prevent military and civilian carriers in Iran to buy new aircraft, and make it very difficult to obtain coins for those that they already have.
US sanctions were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal, but President Trump reimposed them after withdrew the United States from the pact May last.
Images from the scene of the accident show the burned and broken fuselage of the aircraft between the buildings, its tail drawn from a garden. Images published by the semi-official Fars news agency showed part of the nose it's crushed through a wall and in a game room, with a pile of lamb carcasses on the outside.
State television reported that the plane was trying to land in the wrong place – a military airfield, rather than its intended destination, Payam Airport, about three kilometers away.
Mehr reported that two representatives of a meat importing company were on board the aircraft, in addition to the crew.
Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran has experienced dozens of fatal accidents in aviation. In February 2018, a jet plane belonging to Iran Asseman, a national carrier, crashed in a mountainous area of the country. killing all 66 on board.