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Iranian Plane Crashes in UAE, 43 Dead - 2004-02-10


An Iranian passenger plane has crashed near the Sharjah international airport in the United Arab Emirates.

UAE police say 43 people died in the crash, which happened as the plane was trying to land this (Tuesday) morning.

A local hospital said it was treating at least two survivors from the crash. They were reported to be in critical condition.

Police say the dead include 19 Iranians, 12 Indians, four Egyptians, two Algerians, two Filipinos and single victims from Bangladesh, China, Nigeria and Syria.

Local television reports showed footage of the burning wreckage of the plane and a long line of bodies covered by red blankets.

The plane belonged to Kish Airlines -- a company separate from Iran's national carrier, Iran Air. A company official is quoted (by Reuters news service) as saying the plane was a Dutch-built (Fokker-50) twin-engine turboprop aircraft that can carry 50 passengers and a crew of six.

Kish Airlines operates domestic and short-haul international flights from the Iranian island of Kish in the Persian Gulf.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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