Iranian Crash Kills 70
At least 70 people died and 32 were injured when an Iranian airliner (possibly a Boeing 727) crashed in heavy snow in the mountainous northwestern area of the country Sunday. The plane was flying from Tehran to Oriumyeh; the accident may have happened on the aircraft's second attempt to land. The snow, more than two feet of it, is hampering rescue efforts. Weather reports at the time of the crash indicate visibility was 600 to 800 feet.
According to the BBC, Iranian official Heidar Heidari told the state news agency Irna that news from the rugged crash site is expected to get worse. "At least 70 people have been killed and 32 others were injured in the crash," Heidari said, according to Irna. "The death toll is expected to increase."