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At Least Seven Reported Killed In Plane Crash Near Tehran

A cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan has crashed near the Iranian capital, Tehran, with local media reporting at least 10 people on board.

The head of Iran's emergency department, Pirhossein Kolivand, told state TV that seven bodies were recovered from the wreckage of the plane on January 14, adding that the search continued for others on board.

There were 16 people on board and only the flight engineer survived, according to the Fars news agency.

The Iranian military said the Boeing 707 was carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan when it had an emergency landing at Fath airport near the city of Karaj, east of Tehran.

The plane "exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway," the statement added.

State television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

It was not immediately clear who owned the plane.

Iranian state TV reported that the aircraft belonged to Kyrgyzstan, but a spokeswoman for Manas airport near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

The spokeswoman also said that the Boeing crashed in Iran after departing Manas airport.

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