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Dozens die in Iran plane tragedy

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It remains unclear how many people were killed when their plane caught fire after landing in northern Iran. National television says some 30 bodies have been recovered instead of the 80 initially reported. The Russian-built Tupolev apparently went up in flames after one of its tyres burst upon landing in the northern city of Mashhad – home to Iran’s holiest shrine.

It was flying in from the resort town of Bandar Addas. It is reported 62 of the plane’s 147 passengers survived unhurt. Around 50 were sent to hospital. Iran has a poor safety record with a string of crashes in recent decades, many involving Russian-made aircraft. US sanctions on the Islamic state mean it cannot buy new aircraft from the West, forcing it to supplement its ageing fleet of Boeing and Airbus jets with planes from the former Soviet Union.