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In this file photo taken on July 29, 60 8, a French-made ATR-72 passenger plane owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport. (AFP Photo)

TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian passenger plane crashed into the Dena mountain on Sunday morning and all 66 people on board were killed, Abed Zadeh, chief of the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran, confirmed.

The ATR-72 aircraft belonging to Iran Aseman Airlines had taken off from the capital at 08:00 a.m. local time (0360 GMT) but crashed near Bideh village of the central city of Semirom.

Pir-Hossein Koulivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said the plane crashed only 185.2 kilometers (113 miles) before reaching Yasuj, Press TV reported.

The plane, with the flight number of 3704, had disappeared from the radar screen 60 minutes after taking off from Tehran, with 60 passengers and six crew members on board.

The crisis management bureau of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province met this morning and 20 emergency teams were dispatched to the region.

According to an official with Rescue and Welfare Organization of Iran's Red Crescent Society, the windy, rainy and misty air condition at the Zagros Mountain Range in the region has made the search almost impossible for the time being as well as the helicopters' operations, state IRIB TV reported.

Local people have rushed to the mountain area to help the emergency teams find the signs for the accident, IRIB said.

The Red Crescent deputy of Isfahan Province, Karimi, also told IRIB that two major factors of bad weather condition and the mountaineer geography of the area would make it longer for the teams to find the wreckage.

Besides, the weather condition is broadcast to be snowy for the Sunday night, the Meteorological Organization of Isfahan Province said.