24 Jan 2010

Iranian plane catches fire while landing

9:52 pm on 24 January 2010

A plane carrying pilgrims in Iran has caught fire while landing at Mashhad, in the north-east of the country.

State media said almost 170 people were on board and that at least 46 were injured. There were no reports of fatalities.

The plane, a Russian-built Tupolev 154 owned by Taban Air, suffered serious damage as it landed, reportedly losing its undercarriage and a wing.

The rear end of the plane broke up after the passengers were evacuated.