Rabat – Following the deadly plane crash that claimed the life of all the 66 people on board, on Sunday in a mountainous region of southern Iran, King Mohammed VI sent a message of condolence and compassion to Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Tuesday.
In his message, the King expressed to the president Rohani his “heartfelt condolences and sincere feelings of compassion, as well as his solidarity with and compassion for grieving families and the brotherly Iranian people.”
The monarch has also reaffirmed his sympathy for the Iranian leader “in this painful moment, praying God to grant him and the victims’ relatives patience and comfort.”
The Aseman Airlines flight, which carried 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members, disappeared from radar screens about 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad Airport in Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers south of the Iranian capital.
Authorities said that rescue helicopters struggled to land in the crash site in the Zagros Mountain because of “heavy fog and emergency workers were trying to reach the area by land.”
Shortly after the incident, Iran lambasted international sanctions that have long prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West as its commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, causing regular air accidents in the past decades.