A Ukrainian airliner with at least 180 people on board crashed on Wednesday (Jan 8) due to technical problems soon after taking off from Teheran’s Imam Khomeini airport. All aboard were killed, reported IRNA, Iran’s state news agency.
The jet crashed shortly after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport with 180 passengers and crew aboard,
The agency reported that the plane had technical difficulties stemming from its engine.
Rescue teams have been sent to an area near the airport where the Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed, Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation, told state television.
“The plane is on fire but we have sent crews … and we may be able to save some passengers.” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told the television. He later said, “The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site.”
According to air tracking service FlightRadar24, the plane that crashed was on Flight PS 752.
Website planefinder.net, which tracks flights worldwide, listed the two-engine aircraft as three years old, saying it was delivered in July 2016.
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