BEIRUT — A Russian-made airliner skidded off the runway and caught fire Friday as it made a hard landing at an airport in eastern Iran, leaving at least 16 people dead and 21 injured, Iranian state television and official news agencies reported.
It was the nation's second deadly plane accident in as many weeks.
Aria Airlines Flight 1525 from Tehran, carrying 153 passengers and crew members, slid off the runway during an emergency landing at Mashhad, Iran's second-largest city, state news media reported.
Rescue workers took the injured to hospitals as firefighters extinguished the flames.
A photograph of the crash site showed the front end of the plane sheared off. Ali Ikhani, chief of the Civil Aviation Organization, told state television that the plane struck a wall after skidding off the runway.
"The impact of the landing pushed the plane off the runway," a survivor, who was identified only as Jaffari, told the semiofficial Fars news agency.