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176 killed after Ukrainian plane crashes in Tehran

Orient Net 2020-01-08 08:12:00

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A Ukrainian airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed on Wednesday (January 8) due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, and all aboard were killed, Iranian’s regime television and a Ukrainian official said.

The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport and burst into flames. A Ukrainian foreign ministry official in Kiev said all crew and passengers aboard were killed, citing information from the airline.

There was no official word from Ukraine International Airlines.

“The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue... we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told Iranian regime television.

Engine failure caused the crash of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran, rather than a missile attack or act of terrorism, the Ukrainian embassy to Iran said on Wednesday, citing preliminary information.

In a statement, the embassy also said that 168 people had bought tickets for the flight.

Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, told state television that the number of passengers on board the flight was 170.

According to air tracking service FlightRadar24, the plane that crashed was Flight PS 752 and was flying to Kiev. The plane was three years old and was a Boeing 737-NG, it said.

IRNA said according to preliminary information “the plane was bound for Kiev ... and had 180 passengers and crew.”

Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the company was aware of media reports of a plane crash in Iran and was gathering more information.

Based on Reuters

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