Date
10 January 2020
People check the debris from a Ukraine International Airlines plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran on Wednesday. Photo: WANA via Reuters
People check the debris from a Ukraine International Airlines plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran on Wednesday. Photo: WANA via Reuters

Ukrainian plane crashes in Iran, killing all 176 on board

A Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, killing everyone on board, Reuters reports.

The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport and burst into flames, the report said.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said there were no survivors.

“My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew,” Zelenskiy said in a statement, adding that Ukraine was seeking to establish the circumstances of the crash and the death toll.

According to Iranian state TV and Ukraine’s prime minister, there were 167 passengers and 9 crew on board.

There was no official word yet 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 state television.

Television footage showed debris and smoldering engine parts strewn across a field, and rescue workers with face masks retrieving bodies of the victims.

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.

A Boeing spokesman said the company was aware of reports of a plane crash in Iran and that the company is gathering more information.

Boeing has grounded its 737 MAX fleet in March last year after two crashes that killed 346 people.

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