Ukrainian airplane crashes near Iran’s capital; 176 killed

Published January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By the Associated Press

SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran – A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main air­port, killing all onboard, Iranian state TV and officials in Ukraine said.

A rescue worker searches the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing all onboard. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A rescue worker searches the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi/MANILA BULLETIN)

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Air­port in the Iranian capital when a fire struck one of its engines, said Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Trans­portation Ministry. The pilot of the aircraft then lost control of the plane, sending it crashing into the ground, Biniaz said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

The plane carried 167 passengers and nine crew members from dif­ferent nations on its flight to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, Biniaz said. The crash killed all on board, Iranian emergency officials and Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said.

Flight data from the airport showed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending data almost immedi­ately afterward, according to website FlightRadar24. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy extended his condolences to the families of the victims. The country’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk confirmed the casualty toll.

“Our task is to establish the cause of the crash of the Boeing and provide all necessary help to the families of the victims,” said parliament speaker, Dmytro Razumkov, in a Facebook statement.

The majority of the passengers were Iranian nationals, Russia’s RIA Novosti agency reported, citing Ira­nian authorities. Staff at the Boryspil airport in Kyiv, where the plane was headed, told The Associated Press that passengers on this flight are usu­ally Iranian students coming back to Ukraine after winter holidays

Associated Press journalists who reached the crash site saw a wide field of field of debris scattered across farmland. The dead lay among shat­tered pieces of the aircraft. Rescuers in masks shouted over the noise of hovering helicopters as they worked.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing US forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The Boeing 737-800 is a very com­mon single-aisle, twin-engine jet­liner used for short to medium-range flights. Thousands of the planes are used by airlines around the world.

 
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