Iranian rescuers find wreckage from crash

Iranian chopper looking for the Aseman Airlines plane wreckage

"This crash is the result of a political crisis", he said, putting the blame on where political parties choose to invest the resources of the country.

"We've asked the military to deploy helicopters because previous attempts to find the wreckage failed", the source said.

The footage shows the crash site against the side of a snow-covered mountain near Yasuj, some 485 miles south of Tehran, where the flight took off on Sunday.

The ATR plane crashed into the Dena Mountains in Isfahan Province.

Earlier air disasters include the crash of a Boeing 727 passenger plane in 2011 which killed 78 people in the northwest of Iran, and the 2009 crash of a Caspian Airlines Tupolev aircraft bound for Armenia which killed all 168 people on board. The plane's last signal, at 0555 GMT (12:35 a.m. EST), showed it at 16,975 feet and descending, according to airplane-tracking website FlightRadar24.

Around 100 mountaineers have been making their way up the mountain since yesterday and teams were being choppered to near the crash site. It also flies internationally, but has been banned in the European Union over safety concerns.

The carrier has a fleet of 29 aircraft, including six ATR aircraft, according to FlightRadar24.

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Before the nuclear deal, Shahbazi was a vocal critic of the Western sanctions on Iran's civil aviation industry.

Decades of global sanctions have left Iran with an ageing fleet of passenger planes which it has struggled to maintain and modernise.

Those sanctions have been mostly lifted under a 2015 deal between Iran and the United States alongside several other powers.

Aseman signed a deal in 2017 to buy at least 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

One of the top priorities of Iran was removing sanctions on its aviation industry.

And all over again in July 1988, the USS Vincennes in the Strait of Hormuz confused an Iran Air flight heading to Dubai for an attacking fighter jet, shooting down the plane and killing all 290 passengers onboard.

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