Accident: Iran Air Boeing 727 crashes near Urmia City (West Azerbaijan - Urmiye)
An Iran Air Boeing 727 passenger jet was damaged beyond repair in an accident about 8 km from Urmia (Orumiyeh) City Airport (OMH), Iran.
There are conflicting reports about the exact number of people on board. ISNA quotes the Roads and Transportation Secretary stating there were 94 passengers and eleven crew members on board. Fars News Agency reports 93 passengers and twelve crew members. The airplane operated on flight IR277 from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) to Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH). It left Tehran at 18:15, after a delay of over two hours due to severe weather at the destination.
Latest media reports indicate that 77 people were killed, 26 people were injured and two missing.
According to local aviation sources in Iran, the airplane involved in the accident was EP-IRP. This has not yet been confirmed by CAO officials.
The Deputy Minister of Roads and Transportation indicated that the accident occurred during a forced landing outside the airport.
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