Iran orders air-crash inquiry

Snow hampers rescue bid but investigators recover flight recorders from site where 77 people perished.


    At least 77 people are confirmed to have died after a commercial IranAir passenger jet crashed in the country's north.

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has ordered an inquiry into the crash, and investigators have now recovered the flight recorders from the wreckage of the Boeing 727.

    Early reports indicate that the pilots had reported a problem with the aircraft just before losing radio contact.

    Al Jazeera's Alireza Ronaghi in Tehran reported that bitter cold and roughly 70cm of snow have hampered rescue efforts.

    The aircraft crashed at around 16:15 GMT on Sunday evening, and was bound from Tehran towards Orumiyeh, officials said.

    Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.