Iran plane crash: 15 feared dead after cargo jet landed at wrong airport

Up to 15 are feared dead after a cargo plane ‘landed at the wrong airport’ amid severe weather in Iran and crashed into a residential building before exploding. 

The Boeing 707, which was carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan, skidded off a runway after an emergency landing in the town of Safadasht, near the Iranian capital of Tehran.

There were 16 people onboard and only the flight engineer survived, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the military. 

The plane crashed at Fath Airport when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of Tehran, the Iranian capital. Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the mistake, though they said the Iranian crew had declared an emergency prior to landing.

Fath Airport belongs to Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. It wasn’t immediately clear who owns the plane.

Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing. 

Up to 15 are feared dead after an military cargo plane 'landed at the wrong airport' amid severe weather in Iran and crashed into a building before exploding

Up to 15 are feared dead after an military cargo plane 'landed at the wrong airport' amid severe weather in Iran and crashed into a building before exploding

Up to 15 are feared dead after an military cargo plane ‘landed at the wrong airport’ amid severe weather in Iran and crashed into a building before exploding

The Boeing 707, which was carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan, skidded off a runway after an emergency landing at Fath airport in the town of Safadasht, near the Iranian capital of Tehran

The Boeing 707, which was carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan, skidded off a runway after an emergency landing at Fath airport in the town of Safadasht, near the Iranian capital of Tehran

The Boeing 707, which was carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan, skidded off a runway after an emergency landing at Fath airport in the town of Safadasht, near the Iranian capital of Tehran

Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the Fath Airport from a residential neighborhood

Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the Fath Airport from a residential neighborhood

Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the Fath Airport from a residential neighborhood

The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of Tehran, the Iranian capital

The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of Tehran, the Iranian capital

The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of Tehran, the Iranian capital

This was the scene as rescuers battled to put out flames that engulfed the aircraft when it crash landed in Iran on Monday

This was the scene as rescuers battled to put out flames that engulfed the aircraft when it crash landed in Iran on Monday

This was the scene as rescuers battled to put out flames that engulfed the aircraft when it crash landed in Iran on Monday

There were 16 people onboard and only the flight engineer survived, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the military

There were 16 people onboard and only the flight engineer survived, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the military

There were 16 people onboard and only the flight engineer survived, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the military

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 showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounding by charred homes. 

Earlier, local media had reported that at least 10 people were onboard without confirming any casualties. 

‘It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway,’ the army statement said.

State broadcaster IRIB showed footage of burning wreckage, while several agencies showed teams of rescue workers around the charred fusilage.

The plane was making a landing approach heading for the wrong airport and trying to land at a non-commercial runway near a residential area instead of a cargo terminal some 2.5 miles away, a report by Iranian state TV claimed

The plane was making a landing approach heading for the wrong airport and trying to land at a non-commercial runway near a residential area instead of a cargo terminal some 2.5 miles away, a report by Iranian state TV claimed

The plane was making a landing approach heading for the wrong airport and trying to land at a non-commercial runway near a residential area instead of a cargo terminal some 2.5 miles away, a report by Iranian state TV claimed

Dramatic pictures show how the plane slammed into a building after overshooting the runway. Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing

Dramatic pictures show how the plane slammed into a building after overshooting the runway. Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing

Dramatic pictures show how the plane slammed into a building after overshooting the runway. Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing

Iran's air force said in a statement that fate of the crew, including their possible 'martyrdom,' is under investigation

Iran's air force said in a statement that fate of the crew, including their possible 'martyrdom,' is under investigation

Iran’s air force said in a statement that fate of the crew, including their possible ‘martyrdom,’ is under investigation

Emergency crews gather near the debris of a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran

Emergency crews gather near the debris of a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran

Emergency crews gather near the debris of a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible "martyrdom," is under investigation. It wasn't immediately clear who owns the plane

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible "martyrdom," is under investigation. It wasn't immediately clear who owns the plane

Iran’s air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible ‘martyrdom,’ is under investigation. It wasn’t immediately clear who owns the plane

General Shahin Taghikhani, an army spokesman, told state TV that the plane and its crew were Iranian nationals

General Shahin Taghikhani, an army spokesman, told state TV that the plane and its crew were Iranian nationals

General Shahin Taghikhani, an army spokesman, told state TV that the plane and its crew were Iranian nationals

Iranian officials say the crew on the stricken flight had declared an emergency prior to landing at the wrong airport

Iranian officials say the crew on the stricken flight had declared an emergency prior to landing at the wrong airport

Iranian officials say the crew on the stricken flight had declared an emergency prior to landing at the wrong airport

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site (shown). Some reports on Iranian media said up to 16 were on board and that all but one were killed

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site (shown). Some reports on Iranian media said up to 16 were on board and that all but one were killed

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site (shown). Some reports on Iranian media said up to 16 were on board and that all but one were killed

‘Details of the accident and martrydom or injury of the flight team is still being investigated,’ the army said. 

Iranians often use the word ‘martyrdom’ for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belong to the air force. The air force does operate Boeing 707s. 

The Iranian air force does operate Boeing 707s and it also has a civilian airline, SAHA.

Authorities initially said they feared all on board had been killed, but reports afterward said one crew member was taken to a local hospital.

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