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10 survivors confirmed after Iranian plane crash

Posted by on January 10, 2011 0 Comment

Tehran, Jan 10 (DPA) At least 10 people have survived a plane crash Sunday near Orumieh in the Azerbaijan province of northwestern Iran, the Iranian Health Ministry has reported.

The ministry told the ISNA news agency that at least 10 survivors were transferred to regional hospitals and that there are initial reports that the number of survivors may even reach 60.

The ministry also corrected the number of the passengers and crew members and said that 100 people, not 105, were on board. That figure included 92 passengers eight crew members.

There are no reports yet available on any foreign passengers on board.

Although all passengers were initially feared dead, a local medical official told Fars new agency earlier that at least 50 people survived the crash and left the plane.

Aid teams from the Red Crescent have rushed to the site, but heavy snow has hampered the work of aid teams, the official said.

All hospitals in the provincial capital of Orumieh are prepared to take on those injured in the crash, the official added.

According to ISNA, the plane was a Boeing 727 belonging to the national state-airline Iran Air.

It apparently crashed into a valley near Orumieh due to bad weather and heavy fog.

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