According to the Fars news agency, a plane that took off from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates headed to Istanbul in Turkey crashed. At least 11 were on board, but the initial report from Fars didn't go into great detail. Villagers near the crash sight claim to have seen flames coming from the engine before the crash according to Mizan, the Iranian state-run news agency.
The airplane was a Canadian-made Bombardier, this according to Tasnim, also an Iranian news outlet. Eight passengers and three crew members were on board according to Reza Jarazadeh, the head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization.
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<blockquote>'The plane is on fire. After the pilot asked to lower altitude, it disappeared from the radar,' Tasnim quoted an ICAO official as saying.</blockquote>
Last month, an Iranian twin-engine ATR-72 crashed in South Iran killing the 65 on board. The ATR-72 is designed for short-distance regional flying and was making the trip from Tehran to Yasuj, a city in the southern province of Isfahan when it was downed in the Zagros mountains. Reportedly, the plane collided with 14,435 foot tall Mount Dena. This is a breaking story, more updates to come as the story develops.