All passengers and crew onboard an Iranian commercial flight died after the plane crashed amid severe weather conditions in a mountainous region in the south of the country, state television reported on Sunday.
Aseman Airlines flight 3705, en route from Tehran to the southern city of Yasuj, the capital of the impoverished province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, went off radar 50 minutes into its journey, not far from its destination.
The twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 plane, which was 20 years old, left the Iranian capital at 8.05am local time (0435 GMT) on Sunday for a 350-mile (560km) internal journey, officials said.
Footage broadcast on state television showed frantic scenes at the Yasuj airport with families in a state of disbelief. “Please pray for them to come back alive,” a young woman, in tears, told the interviewer.