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Iranian state agency reports fatal IrAn-140 crash

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A turboprop operated by Sepahan Airlines has crashed in Iran, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is reporting.

IRNA says there were fatalities in the accident, but has yet to confirm the number. Forty-eight people were on board the HESA IrAn-140, the agency reports.

The aircraft, for which IRNA gives the registration EP-GPA, reportedly crashed at around 09:45 local time today, shortly after taking off from Mehrabad airport in the Iranian capital Tehran.

It was operating on a domestic route to Tabas, says IRNA.

The IrAn-140 is a locally built variant of the Antonov An-140. It is assembled under licence by HESA in Isfahan.

Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database lists Sepahan Airlines as the owner of EP-GPA, which was built in 2006 and originally operated by Iranian police.

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