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News number: 8804250463

14:58 | 2009-07-16

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World Voice Sympathy with Iran over Plane Crash

TEHRAN (FNA)- World leaders voiced sympathy with Iran over a deadly plane crash near the city of Qazvin in central Iran that claimed 168 lives.



The Tupolev plane went down near Jannat-Abad village at 11:33 a.m. local time on Wednesday after it took off from the Iranian capital of Tehran to fly to Yerevan in Armenia.

"The 7908 Caspian flight crashed 16 minutes after its take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA)," Iran's Aviation Organization Spokesman, Reza Jafarzadeh was quoted by press tv as saying.

The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the German President Horst Koehler and the UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also in separate messages to Ahmadinejad expressed sympathy with the Iranian nation over the crash.

Also President of Armenia Serge Sarkisian in a phone talk expressed condolence to his Iranian counterpart, bereaved families, and Iranian nation on deadly plane crash in northwestern Iran.