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Plane catches fire trying to land in Iran

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Iranian plane catches fire on landing; 42 passengers hurt
  • Fire started in tail section of plane, according to reports
  • Plane had to be rerouted due to bad weather
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  • Iran

Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- At least 42 passengers were injured Sunday when an Iranian plane caught fire while landing in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the semiofficial Fars news agency said.

The plane had 157 passengers and 13 crew members onboard when the fire started in the plane's tail, according to reports.

No deaths were reported and the rest of the passengers were safe, medical officials said.

The plane had left the southeastern Iranian city of Abadan for Mashhad on Saturday night, but was rerouted to Esfahan due to bad weather, according to Fars. The pilot later requested an emergency landing in Mashhad because there was a patient onboard.

In addition to the tail, the fire burned the wing and several other parts, Fars said.

 
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