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Emergency Workers Probe Iran Air Crash - 2002-12-24

Emergency workers in Iran are sifting through the wreckage of an airplane that crashed into the side of a mountain Monday night killing all 46 people on board. The crash occurred while the plane was attempting to land.

The plane was carrying Ukrainian and Russian aircraft officials from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv to the city of Isfahan 400 kilometers south of Tehran. The plane had stopped for refueling in the Black Sea city of Trabzon in northeastern Turkey prior to the crash.

Iranian officials say the plane, an Antonov AN-140, slammed into the side of a mountain Monday night while it was making its final descent into Isfahan. Bodies were found as far as a kilometer away from the crash site.

Most of the victims were Ukrainian aircraft engineers and executives involved in the manufacture of Iran's first domestically produced aircraft, which is being built near Isfahan.

Emergency crews say the plane's black box flight recorder has been recovered.