MASHHAD, Iran, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- An Iranian jetliner skidded off the runway and caught fire in Mashhad Sunday, leaving 46 people with minor injuries, authorities said.
The tail, starboard wing and part of the Tupolev's body broke off during the landing, Iran's semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.
The plane, carrying 159 people, left Abadan Sunday and was rerouted to Isfahan because of inclement weather in Mashhad. A few hours later, the plane lifted off again for Mashhad only to skid and crash on arrival, authorities said.
"Forty-six passengers were slightly injured in the incident, but most of them are in good condition," the head of the Unprecedented Disasters of Khorassan Razavi province told Fars.
In July, 16 people died and 21 were injured when a commercial jetliner crashed at the Mashhad airport during an emergency landing.