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The military aircraft was carrying guard commanders, reports said.

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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- A military plane with 11 passengers on board has crashed in northwestern Iran, killing a number of high-ranking officials in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

According to IRNA, the plane went down near Aidinlou village about 12 kilometers (7 miles) west of the provincial capital, Uromieh, in West Azarbaijan province.

A government spokesman said an investigation is being launched into the causes of the crash.

According to FARS, the Falcon jet was en route from Tehran to Uromieh when it went down around 10:15 a.m. on Monday.

IRNA reported that the guard's Commander of Ground Forces, Ahmad Kazemi, along with the commander of the 27th Rassoulollah Army Division and the chief of intelligence, died in the accident.

There was no immediate word on other casualties.

According to IRNA, the military aircraft was primarily carrying guard commanders and was the second air accident in the last five weeks.

An air force C-130 -- carrying more than 90 people -- crashed December 6 after hitting a 10-story apartment building, killing at least 116 people.

Journalist Shirzad Bozorgmehr contributed to this report.

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