According to Iran’s state television, a Ukrainian airliner with at least 170 passengers aboard crashed soon after taking off from the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran. All present on the flight were killed. It is believed that the crash occurred owing to technical problems.
Ukraine International Airline’s Boeing 737 crashed and burst into flames near the airport.
A video claimed to be of the recent incident, is being circulated via social media. It has also been shared by Iran’s ISNA News Agency.
Pir Hossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s emergency services, said, “The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site.”
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, Reza Jafarzadeh, informed the state television that 170 passengers were present on the flight.
As per the air tracking service FlightRadar24, the plane, Flight PS 752 was headed to Kiev. It was a three years old Boeing 737-NG.
No information was available with the airline’s call center in Kiev yet.
“The plane was bound for Kiev … and had 180 passengers and crew,” IRNA said, based on preliminary information.
Gordon Johndroe, the spokesman for Boeing, said that the company knew about the media reports of a crash in Iran and was working on collecting more information.