TEHRAN, Iran [PeterPaul.ca] — A Caspian Airlines jetliner en route from Iran to Armenia crashed 16 minutes after takeoff when it’s tail burst into flames, PeterPaul.ca confirmed Wednesday.
Caspian Airlines said there were 168 people aboard the crashed jetliner, 12 crew members and 156 passengers. The flight departed Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, the Iranian capital, en route to the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.
Winesses told the Associated Press in a news report that the tail of the flight 7908 was in flames and that the plane circled the air as it tried to find a place to land. The plane crashed nose-down minutes later in a field northwest of Tehran.
The crash created a 10 metre crater when it crashed, the only remains were flesh, bones, and the personal effects of the passengers, rescue workers told PeterPaul on the condition of anonymity.
Caspian Airlines was founded in 1993 in Iran, heavily relying on out-dated Russian-built aircraft. The Iranian government blames US sanctions which make the country unable to afford newer planes or hire enough mechanics to keep them safe. The airline had a fleet of four TU-154 planes before Wednesday’s crash.