A Ukrainian Boeing 737 bound for Kiev from Tehran has crashed after takeoff due to technical problems, Iranian media reported. Much of the regional airspace was cleared due to Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq.
Flight radar information shows Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 abruptly disappearing after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini airport after taking off just after 6 am local time. There were reportedly 176 passengers and crew on board, and their fate is unknown.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has extended his condolences to the relatives of those killed in a plane crash in Iran. He said that the Ukrainian embassy is clarifying the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. Zelensky cut short his trip to Oman and returned to Kiev after learning about the crash.
A Ukrainian International Airlines plane carrying 167 passengers and ten crew crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. The Boeing 737 reportedly experienced technical problems after becoming airborne. There were no survivors in the crash, Zelensky said, citing preliminary reports.
The victims are 11 citizens from the Ukraine (crew and two passengers), 63 Canadians , 82 Iranians, 10 Swedes and four from Afghanistan, three Germans and three from UK.
Radar data shows the Boeing 737-800 crashing two minutes after takeoff. Multiple Iranian agencies reported on the crash, blaming unspecified “technical” problems.
Mere hours earlier, the Iranian military fired off two volleys of missiles at US bases in Iraq in retaliation for last week’s drone killing of a senior Iranian officer. In response, US aviation authorities closed off the airspace over Iran and the Gulf region to all US carriers.
The aftermath of a tragic plane crash that killed everyone on board a Ukraine International Airlines jet in Iran has been caught on film, showing the entire site strewn with fire.
The grim crash site features in a widely shared video purportedly taken shortly after the incident. The entire place looks completely lifeless, with debris smoldering.
Bound for Ukraine’s capital Kiev, the Boeing 737-800, with many Canadians on board crashed after departing from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport early on Wednesday. Iranian authorities have confirmed that there were no survivors.
Bound for Ukraine’s capital Kiev, the Boeing 737-800 crashed after departing from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport early on Wednesday. Iranian authorities have confirmed that there were no survivors.
European carriers started rerouting flights crossing the Middle East amid escalating tensions between the USA and Iran. Air France said on Wednesday it suspends all flights over Iran and Iraq, the company told Sputnik.
Meanwhile, German’s Lufthansa said it had canceled its flight from Frankfurt to Tehran on Wednesday over situation in the region.
The Russian aviation agency, Rosaviatsia, sent an official recommendation for all domestic airlines to avoid flying over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Some companies have already done so, as Ural Airlines rerouted flight crossing Iran on Wednesday, according to TASS. Russia’s S7 carrier said it is looking into changing the route of its flight from Russia’s Novosibirsk to Dubai to abide by the recommendation.
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