A cargo plane with 16 people on board has crashed into a residential area after overshooting an airport runway in Iran.
According to local reports, the Boeing 707 mid-size aircraft, owned by Payam Air, was travelling from Bishkek, Kyrgyztan when it crashed after the pilot mistook Payam International Airport, in the Alborz Province near Tehran, with another airfield.
Iran’s aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh confirmed to local media that the aircraft overshot the runway before crashing into a wall and landing in a nearby residential area.
Local media is reporting that 15 of the plane’s crew were killed when the plane hit the ground and burst into flames.
It is understood one person survived and they are in a critical condition.
A large cloud of black smoke was seen billowing from the crash site as eight emergency vehicles and a helicopter rushed to the scene.
More to come.
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