“A Ukrainian airliner was crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday (January 8), killing all 176 people aboard”, Iran’s state TV and Ukraine’s leaders said.
The Boeing 737 flight belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport (after taking off) and burst into flames.
Ukraine’s embassy in Iran said the plane was crashed due to some technical issues cause engine failure.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that there we no survivors. “My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew.”
At the time of Iran plane crash, there are 167 passengers and 9 crew were on board, including 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedens, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans, and 3 British nationals, said by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister.
Iranian TV said that the plane crash was due to technical issues but did not elaborate. The IRIB, the state broadcaster, said that one of Ukraine’s Boeing 737 two black boxes, had been found.
Head of Iran’s Emergency Services, PirhosseinKoulivand said, “the fire is so heavy that we cannot do any rescue, we have 22 ambulances, 4 bus ambulances, and a helicopter at the site” in an Iranian state television.
The TV footage showed debris and smoldering parts of the engine were spread across a field and rescue workers with face masks retrieving victim’s bodies.
Fight-tracking service Flight Radar 24 said that the Boeing 737 had been in service for about 3 and a half years. And it suggests that the plane crash could have happened as quickly as two minutes after take-off.
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