Twisted metal, burnt seats and engine parts were strewn across a
residential area, just 3km (2 miles) from the Iranian plane's
final destination, Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates.
By Crispin Thorold
Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud noise before seeing the aircraft.
Investigators are gathering evidence
"The airplane was coming from the north", said Mohammad Ibrahim,
28. "One wing was on fire. At the last moment it turned."
At the scene of the accident, locals watched the clear-up
operation from rooftops. By banking the plane sharply, the pilot
avoided nearby houses.
An official said 43 of the passengers and crew were killed. Three were rescued by the emergency services.
Mohammad Ibrahim saw one of the survivors just moments after the crash.
"When I arrived there was a man standing, surrounded by fire," he said. "He
was very shocked and we got him to sit down. We told the police
that he was still alive."
It is believed that the Kish Airline Fokker-50, travelling from the
Iranian island, Kish, landed nose-first.
One policeman, who arrived soon after the accident, said the front
of the plane was destroyed on impact, but the back was not damaged.
"When I came there was no shouting, no screaming," he said. "Bodies were taken to the hospital and the firefighters put out the fire."
The tail of the plane is largely intact. Other fragments, most
barely recognisable, litter the ground.
Accident investigators are piecing through the debris and one of the flight recorders has been retrieved.
Most of those on board are thought to have been overseas workers
based in the United Arab Emirates. Thousands of Asians and
Africans work in the UAE.
Kish, an island off the Iranian coast, is a popular destination for so-called visa runs - leaving the country you are working in, for a short time, so you can get a new visa on return.
Nationals of 12 countries died, including 12 Indians, 12 Iranians,
and four Egyptians.
The Department of Civil Aviation in the UAE has ruled out
terrorism, although it is not yet clear what caused the accident.