46 injured as Iranian plane catches fire
Tehran, January 24, 2010
An Iranian plane caught fire on Sunday after crash landing in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad, injuring at least 46 people on board, according to media reports. The Russian-made plane was carrying 157 passengers and 13 crew members.
Iranian officials told local news networks that the rear end of the Russian-built Tupolev 154 plane owned by Taban Airline caught fire as the aircraft was landing at Mashhad airport.
'The plane caught fire while landing,' state television quoted Avad Erfanian, head of disaster management of Khorasan Razavi province of which Mashhad is the capital, as saying.
No one was killed in the accident and the injured have been transferred to three hospitals in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad, he added.
The Taban Air plane caught fire upon landing at Mashhad airport at 7.20am local time (0350 GMT), the state television quoted Iran's civil aviation spokesman, Reza Jafarzadeh, as saying.
Jafarzadeh said the Tupolev plane initially took off from Abadan airport in southwestern Iran Saturday evening but landed in Isfahan, central Iran, because of bad weather in Mashhad, its destination.
'It then took off from Isfahan airport at 5.35am local time Sunday. Despite bad weather and minimum visibility, the pilot made an emergency landing because a passenger was ill. But the incident then happened during landing,' he added.