Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a message expressed condolences over deadly plane crash claiming lives of crews on board.

Iran Press/Iran news: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expressed heartfelt condolences over cargo plane crash which claimed 15 lives.

In a Tuesday message, Leader expressed deep regret and heartfelt condolences over the death of a number of Army personnel who were part of a crew on board a cargo plane that crashed in Alborz province near Tehran on Monday morning, Mehr News Agency reported.

He also asked God patience and rewards for families of victims.

Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the responsible organs to look closely into the crash and take the necessary measures to prevent such tragic, irreparable accidents from happening in the future.

The plane was a Boeing 707 belonging to the Iranian army, which was carrying meat from the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.

It crashed after it overshot the runway during landing, which led to the death of all 16 people on board except the flight engineer who is reported to be in a critical condition.

Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO.IRI), told media that the plane had "caught fire" but the extent of damage was not clear.

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