An Aseman Airlines plane crash on Sunday has left over 66 people dead and the plane untraceable, due to the harsh weather condition and incessant snow downpour.
Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all 66 people on board are feared to have been killed.
Hundreds of mountaineers with dogs and drones are trying to reach the site, but this has proved a difficult mission as the searchers face bad weather conditions. Due to fog and strong winds, helicopters that were deployed for the search at dawn on Monday have reportedly had to be grounded.
And on Sunday, teams had to stop work altogether due to winds and snow.
The ATR 72-500 twin-engine turboprop was traveling from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuf
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed sympathy for all involved, saying in a statement that the incident brought “great grief and sorrow”.
The crashed plane was 25 years old, Iran’s civil aviation organisation said.