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Sunday
Jan092011

Passenger Plane Crashes in Iran, 50 Said to Survive

FIle photo. Photo Courtesy - THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- A passenger plane carrying about 100 people crashed Sunday in Iran.  There are conflicting reports about the number of people on the jet.  The semi-official Iranian news agency, Fars, reported 50 people had survived the crash.

The IranAir flight originated in Tehran and was headed for Omuriyeh in northwest Iran.  The BBC quotes a West Azerbaijani official and an Iranian TV website which reported that the plane took off an hour later than scheduled and came down because of bad weather conditions.

Iran's civil fleet of aircraft is in poor shape, mostly because the planes are old and said to be badly maintained.  There have been multiple crashes involving Iranian aircraft recently.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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