Plane crashes at Fath Airport in Karaj near Tehran

15 Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

15 Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

Iranian state TV reports that a cargo plane from Kyrgyzstan has crashed near Tehran.

Conservative news agency Tasnim said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek.

A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of the Iranian capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said. There was no immediate information on casualties.

The pilot was unable to control the Boeing 707 jet on landing at Fath airport and it veered off the runway, crashing into a wall and then a nearby residential area, according to Fars.

Yet a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air, Reuters reported.

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

But a source told Fars agency that the plane belonged to the Iranian military's air force. Iranian media reported seven bodies from the crash had already been recovered.

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site (shown).