Rescuers reach remote location of airliner crash in Iran

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Search and rescue teams have now reached the crash site and are working at the scene, Iran's Press TV reported. The Iranian Red Crescent deployed a search and rescue team to the site near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province.

The ATR-72 flight operated by the Aseman Airlines crashed on Sunday morning 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, and did not make it to Yasuj, a mountainous city in western Iran. He said the plane was carrying 60 passengers, including one child, as well as six crew.

According to the statement of Iran Emergency Center, the heavy winds and snow did not allow a rescue team's helicopter to approach the possible location of the crash on the first day.

Crash investigators from a French air safety agency were due to arrive in Iran on Monday. Aseman Airlines is Iran's third-largest airline by fleet size, with 29 aircraft.

But the steep terrain made it impossible to land and officials warned there was only a small window of time before bad weather returned later on Tuesday.

The ATR-72 plane, which had been in service for 25 years, was developed and produced in France and Italy.

Iran has suffered several aviation accidents in recent years and has an ageing aircraft fleet.

Aseman Airlines, owned by Iran's civil service pension foundation, is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specializes in flights to remote airfields across the country.

The US Treasury Department approved the sale of the 80 Boeing jets as well as 100 Airbus planes to Iran Air. He also said he saw "scattered bodies around the plane".

"On a previous flight from Yasuj to Tehran in 2013 he had an issue where the second engine of the ATR72 went out", said the post.

Aseman Airlines was blacklisted by the European Commission, in December 2016, over safety concerns.

Lifting sanctions on aviation purchases was a key clause in the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015.

In February 2017, USA senators introduced the "Iran Terror-Free Skies Act", legislation that would "counter Iran's use of commercial aircraft in support of worldwide terrorism and state sponsors of terrorism, or for other illicit military purposes", according to a press release published on Senator Marco Rubio's website.

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