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

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    Iranian Revolutionary Guards prevent the media from approaching the wreckage of a passenger plane crash near the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing tens of people onboard, state media reported. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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    Iranian Revolutionary Guards stand alert at the site of the wreckage of a passenger plane crash near the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing tens of people onboard, state media reported. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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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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