Iranian Air Force, Boeing 707-300 cargo plane operated by Saha Airlines, crashed and burst into flames near Karaj, in northern Iran, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor.
The aircraft, intended to land at Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometers west of Tehran,, landed at the much smaller Fath Airport (runway length of only 1,100 meters), overran the runway and crashed into houses past the end of the runway.
The pilot lost control of the airplane upon landing. It smashed through an airport wall and came to rest in a town near the airport. Some buildings have been damaged, but there are no reports for victims on the ground. It is understood one person survived is a flight engineer and is in critical condition.
This is another aviation disaster for Iran, which hoped to replace its aging fleet under 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. But instead, U,S President Trump’s withdrawal from the accord in May stopped it.
Saha Airlines operated one of the world’s last commercial flights of the Boeing 707, which was first manufactured in 1958 and were built until 1979.