Penpushing further learnt that, the plane crashed near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport; while Reuters also added that bad weather prevented helicopters searching the probable crash site as emergency workers were scouring the mountainous area by land.

Similarly, a television reporter accompanying rescue team was quoted saying   “It is getting colder and darker and still no sign of the plane, 40 peaks higher than 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) snow-covered areas in Mount Dena which has more th

The report also has it that the plane reportedly disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad airport in the Southwest of the capital. The worried relatives of passengers gathered at Yasuj airport as at the time of this report.

A woman who spoke with journalists said, “I kept telephoning all morning but they (the relative) wouldn’t answer. So I called my brother and he said they will get here, it (the plane) is not behind schedule yet, I told him it is raining here. He said no (meaning, don’t worry). He called later and said the plane had crashed.”

The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani already ordered the transport minister to lead an investigation into the crash and equally issued messages of condolences,

Penpushing also recalled the country in February 2003, experienced one of its worst air mishaps when an Iranian Ilyushin-76 troop carrier crashed in southeast Iran killing  all 276 Revolutionary Guard soldiers and crew in the plane.

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