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Ukrainian Airlines plane with at least 170 on board crashes after takeoff from Iranian airport, killing all on board

2020-01-08

A Ukrainian International Airlines plane crashed Wednesday morning shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all aboard. Iranian state media cited mechanical issues as the cause.

The Boeing 737-800 took off from Imam Khomeini International Airport carrying at least 170 passengers and crew.

Pir Hossein Kulivand, an Iranian emergency official said Wednesday morning the crash killed all those on board and rescuers were trying to recover the dead.

Unconfirmed video posted on social media showed what appeared to be a plane in flames crash into a hill and explode.

An investigation team was immediately dispatched to the area, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

“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.”

According to website FlightRadar24, the plane stopped sending flight data almost immediately after takeoff.

Reports of the crash came hours after Iran launched two rocket attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq in response to a U.S. drone strike which killed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani last week.

With Wire News Services