Int'l: 15 dead as Iranian plane crashes into house

A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people, Iran's army says.

The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a residential area while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, in poor weather.

Only a flight engineer of the 16 people on board was found alive, with no-one reportedly killed on the ground.

The plane's "black box" voice recorder has been found at the crash site, local media reported.
An army spokesman confirmed to state TV that the plane belonged to Iran, and that all those on board were Iranian citizens.

Fath airport belongs to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, and is located in the central Iranian province of Alborz.

The cargo aircraft was transporting meat from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.

Its wreckage was found smouldering among houses in a residential area between Fath and another airport, Payam International Airport.

Local media report that the houses were empty at the time of the crash.