Iran: Airplane crashes on takeoff kills 48

Iranian regional passenger plane crashed

State television said 40 passengers and eight crew members were killed. The plane, operated by Sepahan Air, was heading to Tabas, a town in eastern Iran. It took off at 9:20 a.m. local time (0450 GMT) and crashed shortly afterward.

The cause of the crash remains unknown but initial reports by state-run media suggest it could be due to a technical failure.

The aircraft, an Iran-140 a 52-seat passenger plane produced in Iran with Ukrainian technology is typically used for short domestic flights.