All 40 passengers on board an Iranian jet have reportedly been killed after the plane crashed near an airport in the capital Tehran, state television reported.
IRNA agency said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Mehrabad airport on Sunday. [eap_ad_1] The news agency said the suspected cause of the crash was an engine failure.
Seven children were reportedly on board the plane.
The Taban Airlines plane was headed to the eastern city of Tabas, the IRNA and Fars news agencies said, and crashed at 9.18 am (0448 GMT).
Mehrabad is located in a western suburb of Tehran and mainly functions as a domestic airport.
Iran has suffered a series of airplane crashes, blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance.
In recent times there have been several plane crashes accross the world.