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All 168 people on crashed Iran plane are dead: TV

world Updated: Jul 15, 2009 16:59 IST

All 168 people aboard an Iranian airliner which crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran are dead, state television reported.

"All people aboard... the crashed plane are dead. The plane had 153 passengers and 15 crew members," said Mohammad Reza Montazer Khorasan, the head of the disaster management centre in Iran's Health Ministry.

The Caspian Airlines plane crashed near the city of Qazvin, northwest of the capital, shortly after takeoff from Tehran's international Imam Khomeini airport, local media said.

Civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said 153 passengers and 15 crew members were on board the airliner, which was flying to the Armenian capital Yerevan.

"The plane took off from the Imam Khomeini airport and 16 minutes later it disappeared off the radar and then it crashed," he said, giving the takeoff time at 11:33 am (0703 GMT).