Iran president, Majlis speaker offer condolences over plane crash

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani have expressed their profound condolences over the tragic passenger plane crash in the capital, Tehran.

An Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday moments after takeoff from the International Mehrabad Airport, killing at least 39 people and seriously injuring nine others, IRNA reported.

The Antonov An-140, a turboprop regional airliner operated by Sepahan Air, was traveling from Tehran to the northeastern desert city of Tabas. Forty-eight people, among them several children, were on board the plane when it smashed into the ground and burst into flames upon impact.

Addressing the Cabinet session on Sunday, President Rouhani expressed his grief at the deadly incident and wished the bereaved families patience and good health for the wounded.

He tasked Iran’s Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi with taking all the necessary measures to provide the injured with the best medical treatment and care.

The Iranian president also urged Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi to prepare a thorough report on the incident.

In a separate condolence message, the Iranian Majlis speaker urged Civil Aviation Organization and other relevant organizations to determine the cause of the incident and announce the results.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. Initial reports blame engine failure for the disaster.

By Press TV

 

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