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(RFE/RL) 9 January 2006 -- An Iranian military plane has crashed in the northwest of the country, killing at least 13 people, including a top military officer.


Iranian media reports the plane, identified as a Falcon, came down near Orumiyeh, near the Turkish border.


Reports said among the dead were Ahmad Kazemi, the commander of the ground forces of the Revolutionary Guards, and seven senior officers.


The crash came barely a month after an Iranian military transport plane crashed into a high-rise housing block after suffering engine failure. More than 100 people were killed in that incident.


(news agencies)

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