All 66 people are feared dead after an Iranian aircraft crashed in mountains.

The Aseman Airlines ATR 72-500 twin-engine turboprop came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday.

Heavy wind and snow forced rescuers to stop the search late yesterday, the BBC reported.

The aircraft was flying from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj.

Flight EP3704 crashed about an hour after take off later on Dena Mountain, near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province.

Sixty passengers, two security guards, two flight attendants and the pilot and co-pilot were on board.

Aseman Airline initially said everyone had been killed, but said later: “Given the special circumstances of the region, we still have no access to the spot of the crash and therefore we cannot accurately and definitely confirm the death of all passengers of this plane.”