A flight recorder found in the wreckage of the IranAir Boeing-727 that came down on Sunday night is being investigated for the specific cause of the deadly crash. Iran’s Red Crescent Society rescue chief said there was no explosion or fire.
At least 77 people are reported to have died. Officials said the plane was carrying 106 passengers and crew. Among the survivors, several are in a critical condition.
The plane was en route from the capital Tehran to the city of Urumiyeh, in the northwest, near the border with Turkey. State television said the Boeing made two attempts to reach the airport before coming down on farm land.
A woman in emergency care said: “A lot of passengers were sick from the bad turbulence. Before the crash landing, sitting at a window I could see heavy snow. That’s all I remember.”
Iran has a history of frequent air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance.
International political sanctions prevent the Islamic Republic from renewing its fleet.