Forty-six passengers were injured when their plane crash-landed in thick fog in the north eastern city of Mashhad, Iran on Sunday.
Iranian officials reported that the rear end of the Russian-built Tupolev 154 aircraft caught fire when it was coming in to land in a thick fog.
"Forty-six people have been injured, but most of them are not serious," said Javad Erfanian, head of disaster management of Khorasan Razavi province.
He said that emergency services evacuated the passengers shortly before the Taban Air-owned aircraft broke up.
Television footage released by Iranian news networks showed that both wings of the plane were torn off and the rear end had caught fire.
The English language state-owned Press TV said the plane, travelling from Abadan in southwest Iran to Mashhad, had 157 passengers and 13 crew members onboard.Mohsen Esmaili, manager of Mashhad airport, told Mehr news agency that the pilot landed the plane in fog "despite repeated warnings from the control tower, saying he had a sick patient on board."
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F