A Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from an airport at Iran early Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard.
The majority of the passengers were out of Iran or even Canada, officials said.
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 into Kyiv had abandoned Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport in approximately 6:10 a.m. local time.
Ukraine’s embassy in Tehran originally blamed on engine failure for the crash but afterwards updated its announcement to mention a cause couldn’t be ascertained until an official inquiry was completed.
State press in Iran reported the plane crashed because of technical issues. According to Reuters, Iran has stated it won’t offer the airplane’s black box into Boeing. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko stated he’d spoken to his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, also consented to organize investigations into the wreck.
In a declaration, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated a group of Ukrainian specialists were flying to Iran to get involved in the research into the wreck.
“Our priority will be to establish the facts and people responsible for this dreadful tragedy,” he explained.
Here’s the “black box” from the Ukrainian plane that crashed near Tehran earlier this morning. (Iranian state TV) pic.twitter.com/gYTLArU6LO— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) January 8, 2020
The airplane crash happened only hours after Iran established a set of ballistic missiles from US and coalition forces in air bases in Iraq. There was no immediate information on whether the crash along with also the missile attack was connected.
The Federal Aviation Administration at the US prohibited commercial flights in the region on Wednesday in reaction to the missile strikes.
The increased military action and political tensions in the area could place civilian aircrafts at threat when they were misidentified, the FAA notice to aviators said.
Ukraine’s Prystaiko stated 82 Iranians and 63 Canadians were to board the airplane as it came down, along with 11 Ukrainians such as 9 team members, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Britons, and 3 Germans.
Наразі нам відома наступна інформація щодо країн походження загиблих в катастрофі #PS752:— Vadym Prystaiko (@VPrystaiko) January 8, 2020
Іран – 82;
Канада – 63;
Україна – 2 + 9(екіпаж);
Швеція – 10;
Афганістан – 4;
ФРН – 3;
Велика Британія – 3.
Висловлюємо наші співчуття. Українська влада продовжує розслідування.
“The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of these victims of the air crash and will do whatever possible to encourage the relatives of those sufferers,” Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) said in an announcement. “With immediate effect, UIA has chosen to suspend its flights to Tehran until further notice.”
Ukraine International Airlines confirms air accident in Iran— FlyUIA (@fly_uia) January 8, 2020
We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims.
Find more info here: https://t.co/gP3Ow4yWAq
According to the Associated Press,” Iranian emergency officer Pir Hossein Kulivand reported all passengers and crew died in the fiery crash and authorities were hoping to recover the bodies.
The AP reported that Qassem Biniaz, a spokesperson for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry, informed Reuters information agency IRNA that the airplane had crashed following a fire seemed to hit among its motors after takeoff and the pilot lost control.
The jet crashed nearby Parand, a town beyond the airport, based on flight radar.
We are following reports that a Ukrainian 737-800 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. #PS752 departed Tehran at 02:42UTC. Last ADS-B data received at 02:44UTC. https://t.co/qXWHUPGDTu pic.twitter.com/vuAi6TOqTp— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 8, 2020
Boeing composed on Twitter, “We know about the media reports from Iran, and we’re collecting more info.”