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Photos: Iran mourns plane crash victims

Photos by By Majid Rostami & Esfandiar Asgharkhani, Mehr News Agency

77 people lost their lives in a tragic plane crash which occurred on Sunday, January 9, 2010 near the city of Orumiyeh in northwestern Iran. In a funeral held today at Baq Rezvan cemetery in Orumiyeh, 27 of the victims of the crash were buried.

The US-made Boeing 727 with more than 100 passengers onboard crashed in West Azarbaijan province. The incident also left another 27 others injured, Press TV reported.

The plane, which took off from Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport and was en route to Orumiyeh Airport, crashed near Lake Orumiyeh, 700 kilometers (435 miles) northwest of Tehran.

Meanwhile, Iran's General Inspection Organization dispatched a team of experts to launch an investigation into the deadly crash.

In the past decade, Iran has witnessed several major air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft.

In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in the country's northwest shortly after taking off from the capital, killing all 168 on board.

In the worst air accident, a Russian-made Ilyushin 76 crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran in February 2003, killing 302 people on board.

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