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Published: Sunday, 8/10/2014

Iranian official gives lower death toll for plane crash; tells state TV 39 killed, 9 injured


TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian transportation official says 39 people were killed and nine wounded when a regional passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from the capital, Tehran.

Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the latest casualty figures in an appearance on state TV. The channel had earlier reported that all 48 people onboard had died.

The Sepahan Air Iran-140 regional plane crashed near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport shortly after takeoff on its way to Tabas, a town in eastern Iran.

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