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Plane Crashes in Iran
Aired February 19, 2003 - 14:48 ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news out of Tehran, Iran. We are being told via Reuters News Service an Iranian passenger plane carrying about 290 people has lost contact with air traffic control while traveling between two cities in southeastern Iran.
The Associated Press is reporting that the plane crashed. Reuters is just reporting that the plane is missing. Once again, an Iranian plane, passenger plane, 290 passengers aboard, lost radio contact not long ago.
It is now reported -- or it's not clear whether the aircraft has crashed, according to Reuters. However, the Associated Press is saying this aircraft -- or this airplane has crashed. Once again, we are trying to work this story, get as much information as possible. Once again, an Iranian passenger plane carrying about 290 people losing contact with air traffic control, trying to sort out right now whether indeed it has crashed or it is missing because it lost radio contact.
We'll continue to follow this story, bring you more as we get it. Take a quick break. We'll be right back.
PHILLIPS: We continue to follow the breaking news story of Tehran -- out of Tehran, Iran. We are told an Iranian passenger plane with 290 people aboard lost radio contact not long ago. The Reuters wire service has reported that it is missing. Associated Press is reporting that it has crashed.
All right. Now we are being told that Reuters and the Associated Press both reporting this plane has crashed. An Iranian passenger plane carrying about 290 people lost contact with air traffic control while traveling between two cities in southeastern Iran. We are now told that it has crashed.
It's not clear what has happened and what took place, if it was weather conditions or a mechanical failure. We're working this story and we'll bring you further details as soon as we get them. Once again, Iranian passenger plane, 290 people on board losing radio contact, crashing in Iran.
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