A Ukrainian Boeing-737 aircraft with 180 passengers on board has crashed near Iran’s Khomeini Airport, killing all passengers, local media reported on Wednesday. The Airliner crashed just six minutes after take-off due to an engine fire.
The Boeing-737 was delivered new to Ukraine International Airlines in 2016.
State media reported that the three-year-old Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near Parand, a suburb southwest of capital Tehran shortly after take-off. According to Flighradar24 flight tracker, the Ukraine International Airline Flight 752 was scheduled to take off at 5.15 AM (local time) heading to Boryspil International Airport in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
“An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced. We will give more reports in upcoming bulletins,” Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesman of the Iranian Aviation Organisation said.
Also, Ukraine’s national security council said that 11 Ukrainian citizens died in the crash of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran, including nine crew members.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy extended his condolences to the families of the victims. His office said he had cut his visit to Oman short and was returning to Kyiv because of the crash. The country’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk confirmed the casualty toll.
Meanwhile, Ali Kashani, the public relations official at Imam Khomeini International Airport, said the crash had not affected traffic at the port and that all other flights were operating, according to schedule, Press TV reported.
This is the first time a Ukraine International Airlines plane has been involved in a fatal crash.
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