168 Feared Dead in Iran Plane Crash

The plane went down sixteen minutes after takeoff...

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Wreckage photo from Iran's Press TV (courtesy of Voice of America)

From CNN:

"A plane crashed Wednesday in northwestern Iran, state television reported. All 168 aboard were believed to be dead.

The passenger plane is thought to have crashed near the Iranian city of Qazvin, Iranian Press TV reported.

The Russian-made Tupolev plane went down near Jannat-abad village near Qazvin at 11:33 a.m. on Wednesday, the station reported.

All on board are "most probably" dead, the news station said, quoting Qazvin Police Chief Hossein Behzadpour.

Qazvin is the largest city in the province of Qazvin and is its capital, with an estimated population of 330,000.

It is about 140 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran. Video Watch images of crash site »

The Iranian newspaper Hamshahri reported that the plane originated from Tehran and was headed to Yerevan, Armenia.

The plane was from Caspian Air and crashed 16 minutes after takeoff, said the newspaper, quoting a spokesman from Iran's civil aviation organization."

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