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Iranian plane Crashes into Mountain with 66 passengers

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Iranian news outlets reported that a commercial aircraft carrying 66 passengers has crashed into a mountain on its way in southern part of the country. While no report about the casualties has been confirmed yet, the crash is expected to have no survivors.

The flight took off on Sunday morning from Tehran to Yasuj, the Iranian city located 485 miles south of the capital. The crash, according to the report by Fars News Agency, took place 390 miles south of Tehran near the remote mountain town of Semirom.

The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop, the crashed aero, is normally utilized for short-distance local flights. Aseman Airlines was in charge of the flight. Aseman is a semi-private air line located in Tehran. A major part of long-distance flights in Iran are flown by Aseman although the company has international flights too.

Local authorities said rescue forces were deployed to the zone immediately. The operation, however, has been affected and slowed down by heavy fog in the region.

Investigations regarding the hows and whys of the crash will be delayed until the rescue operation is done.

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