A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor—the flight engineer. The aircraft, which bore the paint scheme of the Iranian air force's civilian Saha Airlines, was an making emergency landing around 8:30am Monday at Fath Airport, an airfield controlled by Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. The plane skidded off the runway, crashed through a perimeter fence and into a residential neighborhood. Iranian state television aired images of smoke-charred homes and the fuselage of the aircraft lying on the ground in the neighborhood. Nearby was one of its landing gears, torn away. Small fires burned around it.
The plane was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of Tehran, the Iranian capital, reports the AP. Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the crew's decision to land instead at Fath Airport, which sits about six miles southwest of Payam. Its runway is some 3,600 feet long, compared to Payam's 11,800 feet. The crash of the jetliner marked just the latest aviation disaster for Iran, which hoped to replace its aging fleet under terms of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. But instead, President Trump's withdrawal from the accord in May scuttled billions of dollars in planned sales by Airbus and Boeing Co. to the Islamic republic, only increasing the danger for passengers in Iran planes.
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