• Wed / 8 January 2020 / 08:46
  • Category: Politics
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Ukrainian airplane crashes near Tehran due to engine failure, 176 dead

Ukrainian airplane crashes near Tehran due to engine failure, 176 dead

Tehran (ISNA) – A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 passengers and crew has crashed a few minutes after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport due to engine failure.

The Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines took off from Imam Khomeini international airport at 6.12am Tehran time and went down about six minutes later.

Spokesman for Imam Khomeini International Airport, Ali Kashani said that the plane bound for Kiev and carrying 167 passengers and 9 crew crashed around Parand, about 60 kilometres south-west of Tehran.

According to the reports, technical problems caused the accident.

“An investigation team was at the site of the crash,” Iran's civil aviation spokesman, Reza Jafarzadeh told the Associated Press. 

“After taking off from Imam Khomeini international airport it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” Jafarzadeh said. “An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced and rescuers are trying to collect the dead”.

Hassan Rezaeifar, general director of Iran Civil Aviation Organization’s panel to investigate aircraft accidents said that the Ukrainian airplane did not declare an emergency.

Most of the passengers were Iranian nationals but there were also foreign nationals on board.

All 144 Iranians and 32 foreigners on board died in the incident.

Flight data from the airport showed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending data almost immediately afterward, according to website FlightRadar24. The plane burning in the sky before crashing in a huge explosion.

Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky offered condolences to the families of the victims and said his government was working to understand the causes of the crash.

He said in a Facebook post earlier that the country has set up a commission to “work through all possible versions."

Ukraine's embassy in Iran that previously said that engine failure caused the plane to crash and denied that it was terror-related replaced its initial assessment with a new statement, saying, "Information on the causes of the plane crash is being clarified by the commission. Any statements regarding the causes of the accident prior to the decision of said commission are not official".

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