Iran locates wreckage of crashed plane

Updated 2018-02-20 17:51:03 Xinhua

Iran has located the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed into western mountains on Sunday, official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.

According to Morteza Salimi, the chief of Rescue and Welfare Organization, debris of the plane was spotted near Nogol village on the heights of Dena Mountain.

Ramezan Sharif, the spokesman of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said IRGC helicopters found the wreckage on Tuesday morning.

If the weather permits, IRGC helicopters would be able to reach the location and send rescue forces, Sharif added.

The Iran Aseman Airlines plane took off from the capital Tehran at 8:00 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) on Sunday and disappeared from the radar screen 50 minutes later in an area which is about 22.4 km from its destination Yasuj city.

Official reports confirmed that all 66 on board were killed in the air crash.

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