A Ukrainian airplane carrying round 170 passengers and crew crashed Wednesday close to an airport in Iran’s capital, killing everybody on board, state TV reported.
The airplane had taken off from Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport in Tehran, the report mentioned. The crash is suspected to have been brought on by mechanical issues, it added, with out elaborating.
An investigation crew was on the web site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh mentioned.
“After taking off from Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” Jafarzadeh mentioned. “An investigation crew from the nationwide aviation division was dispatched to the situation after the information was introduced.”
Pir Hossein Kulivand, an Iranian emergency official, later informed state TV all these on board had been killed within the crash. He mentioned rescuers had been making an attempt to gather the lifeless.
State TV earlier mentioned there have been 180 passengers and crew aboard. The discrepancy couldn’t be instantly reconciled.
Based on the web site FlightRadar24, a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine Worldwide Airways took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending knowledge virtually instantly afterward.
The crash got here hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault focusing on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The Boeing 737-800 is a quite common single-aisle, twin-engine jetliner used for short- to medium-range flights. 1000’s of the planes are utilized by airways all over the world.
Launched within the late 1990s, it’s an older mannequin than the Boeing 737 Max, which has been grounded for practically 10 months following two lethal crashes.
Boeing didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Boeing, like different airline producers, usually assists in crash investigations. Nevertheless, that effort on this case might be affected by the U.S. sanctions towards Iran since U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear cope with world powers in Might 2018.
In a tweet, Boeing mentioned: “We’re conscious of the media reviews out of Iran and we’re gathering extra info.”