Ukrainian passenger plane crashes with 170 people on board in Iran.
According to reports from officials, No one survived the crash.
The Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed just after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran.
Ukraine’s embassy in Tehran said engine failure caused the crash and there was no link to terrorism
A Ukrainian Boeing-737 with more than 170 people on board has crashed in Iran, just after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran.
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Ukraine’s capital Kyiv crashed just after taking off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT).
Iran’s Red Crescent reported that there was no chance of finding survivors on the crash site.
The plane was heading to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv when the pilots lost control of its engine which resulted in the crash.
It was reported that some 168 passengers and nine crew members were registered to fly on the aircraft.
Among the victims were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians including all the crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Britons, and three Germans, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said.
Rescue teams were sent to the site of the crash, but the president of Iran’s Red Crescent said it was “impossible” for anyone to survive the crash.
Rescue workers found one of the black boxes of the airliner, reported Iranian media.
Aviation safety analyst Todd Curtis told the BBC that the aircraft involved in the crash had been manufactured in 2016 and delivered new to the airline.
“The airplane was heavily fragmented which means either there was an intense impact on the ground or something happened in the sky,” he said.
“From all appearances, this was an airplane that had been properly cared for and there were no outstanding issues with respect to European authorities or American authorities so at this point there is nothing that points to a particular cause.”
Mr. Curtis said Iranian, Ukrainian, US, and French authorities would all be involved in the investigation, but it was unclear how they would work together. Iran is currently under US sanctions and there are severe tensions between the two countries.
“They will start putting together the story of what happened on that airplane… to see if there is something about the condition of the aircraft or the fuel onboard that might have led to this,” he said.
“And also one cannot discount the possibility that something outside the aircraft, a mid-air collision or some other issue, may have been involved.”