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At least 17 dead in Iran plane crash

Iranian fire fighters work on the wreckage of a plane following an accident in city of Mashad, 574 miles northeast of Tehran, Iran on July 24, 2009. The Russian-made Ilyushin plane skidded of the runway during landing and killed 17 of the 153 passengers on board. (UPI Photo/Mehdi Ghorbani/HO)
Iranian fire fighters work on the wreckage of a plane following an accident in city of Mashad, 574 miles northeast of Tehran, Iran on July 24, 2009. The Russian-made Ilyushin plane skidded of the runway during landing and killed 17 of the 153 passengers on board. (UPI Photo/Mehdi Ghorbani/HO) | License Photo

MASHHAD, Iran, July 24 (UPI) -- A Russian-made passenger plane operated by an Iranian airline crashed Friday during landing in Mashhad, Iran, killing at least 17 people.

The Aria Airlines flight from Tehran to Mashhad started burning immediately after touchdown, the Tehran Times reported.

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The crash was the second fatal one in Iran in less than two weeks. On July 15, 168 people were killed when a Caspian Airlines flight from Iran to Erevan, Armenia, came down in the mountains in northwest Iran.

The Aria plane had about 160 people on board. At least 21 people were reported to be injured and 17 or more dead.

The plane was an Ilyushin IL-62 jet.

There were reports that a tire burst on the runway, the Times said. Shahid Hasheminejad Airport officials said no cause for the accident had been determined.

At least one of the plane's emergency chutes was deployed after the crash, Press TV said.

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