From BBC Newsa, also see http://www.kishairline.com
Iranian plane crashes in Emirates
An Iranian plane has crashed near Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates with up to 60 people on board.
The Kish Airlines flight had just taken off on a flight to the Iranian Gulf island of Kish. Early reports had said it was about to land.
Preliminary information suggested there were survivors. Rescue helicopters have gone to the scene.
showed several dead bodies and flames and black smoke pouring from the wreckage of the front of the plane.
The plane crashed in an uninhabited area between Sharjah and the neighbouring emirate of Ajman.
Iran has a history of air accidents, often blamed on badly maintained planes.
Two decades of sanctions by the West against Tehran have left the country with a fleet of mainly ageing aircraft.
Its worst air disaster came in February last year when 302 people including 284 members of the elite Republican Guard died in a military transport plane crash near the Afghan border.
Kish airlines was the first private Iranian airline registered in Iran, and has special status in the country's tourist industry.