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Dozens dead in Iran Air crash

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Dozens dead in Iran Air crash


At least 72 people are dead and 32 injured after an Iran Air Boeing 727 crashed in bad weather in northwestern Iran.

Authorities say the plane came down shortly before landing in Urumiyeh, a mountainous area close to the border with Turkey.

The plane, enroute from the capital Tehran to Urumiyeh, was carrying 106 passengers and crew. Emergency services say some of the injured are in a critical condition.

The plane broke up into sections on impact but did not explode, allowing some of the passengers on board to be rescued.

Emergency rescue efforts are being hampered due to snow.

Authorities say the aircraft’s black box recorders have been recovered.

Iran has suffered a number of crashes in recent times. Planes are old, as US sanctions against the country have prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West.

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