Iranian authorities have traced the dead bodies and the wreckage of the ill-fated passenger plane that crashed with 66 people on board in south-western mountains in the country on Sunday. A number of 26 rescue teams along with 106 climbers have been dispatched to the estimated area of the accident, while the bad weather is hampering the search efforts in the mountainous region.
In a press statement, IRCS spokesman Ramezan Sharif confirmed that helicopters had spotted the wreckage of the ill-fated plane. "This plane had 60 passengers, 59 adults, and one child, as well as a pilot, a co-pilot, two flight attendants and two air marshals on board".
Hundreds of mountaineers with dogs and drones are trying to reach the site.
Tabatabai stated the plane crashed into Mount Dena, which is near about 4,400 meters (14,435 feet) tall.
The rescue helicopters could not land at the crash site to transfer the bodies due to bad weather and topographical conditions.
"We have asked China and European countries to immediately inform us of any image they might capture with their satellites", Mojtaba Saradeghi, deputy head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, told the Iranian Student News Agency on Monday.
Officials said the crashed ATR was 25 years old.
The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, crashed near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers, or 485 miles, south of the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Aseman Airlines has had other major crashes. The Islamic Republic was not allowed to purchase new Western planes and spare parts for about two decades.
Following the deal, Aseman Airlines finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for US$3 billion last June, with an option to buy 30 more.
In February 1993, an Iranian airliner with 132 people aboard collided with an air force jet after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing everyone on the two aircraft.