All 176 individuals on board a Ukrainian Boeing 737 died when it crashed shortly after take off from Iran’s principal worldwide airport, officers in Tehran and Kiev mentioned.
Ukrainian PM Oleksiy Honcharuk mentioned there have been 167 passengers and 9 crew members on the aircraft.
Iranian state tv mentioned there have been no survivors and the plane got here down as a consequence of what it described as “technical issues” after leaving Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran en path to Kiev.
State-run information company IRNA reported that the pilot misplaced management when a hearth broke out in one in all its engines – quoting Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s street and transport ministry.
An investigation crew is on the web site of the crash within the southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh mentioned.
“The aircraft is on hearth however we have now despatched crews… and we might be able to avoid wasting passengers,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency companies, instructed state tv.
“The hearth is so heavy that we can’t (do) any rescue… we have now 22 ambulances, 4 bus ambulances and a helicopter on the web site.”
“Our job is to determine the reason for the crash of the Boeing and supply all crucial assist to the households of the victims,” mentioned Dmytro Razumkov, Ukraine’s parliament speaker, in an announcement on Fb.
Ukraine mentioned its embassy in Tehran is making an attempt to make clear the circumstances across the crash and its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, provided his condolences to the family of these killed.
Mr Zelensky, who was on an official go to in Oman, has reduce brief the journey to return to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
Flight information from the airport confirmed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine Worldwide Airways took off on Wednesday morning, then stopped sending information nearly instantly afterwards, in accordance with web site FlightRadar24.
The crash got here hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault concentrating on two bases in Iraq housing US and coalition forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Normal Qassem Soleimani.