Boeing cargo plane carrying 9 crashes in Iran

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The Boeing 707 reportedly hit a building while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, west of Tehran.

A flight engineer was the only person on board to survive, Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesman for Iran's Emergency Information Centre, told the news agency. Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the mistake, though they said the Iranian crew had declared an emergency prior to landing.

"We don't have clear information about the details of the crash", said the head of Iran's emergency department, Pir Hossein Koolivand.

It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash site. The army's statement came after some confusion over who owned the plane.

The plane overshot the runway during its landing, Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB. AFP.

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible "martyrdom", is under investigation.

Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport says the cargo plane that crashed in Iran on Monday had flown from this airport, but it belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

It was later confirmed it belonged to Iran's air force. The air force does operate Boeing 707s.

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