On Wednesday, the 8th of January a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed in Iran near Imam Khomeini International Airport with more than 170 people. None of the people on the airline have survived.
“Ukraine International Airlines’s” Boeing 737 aircraft was on its way to Kyiv.
According to preliminary information, all passengers and crew members were killed, the Iranian Red Crescent Society said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also confirmed that, according to preliminary information, there were no survivors of the crash.
The Ukrainian embassy in Iran has stated that, according to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to engine problems.
“The version of the terrorist act is currently being ruled out,” the embassy accented.
Its statement also states that, according to Ukraine International Airlines, 168 tickets have been sold on the flight, and an attempt to find out how many people board the flight is now being made.
The passengers were citizens of different countries, but all nine crew members were citizens of Ukraine.
Ukrainian news agency “Ukrinform” reports that the plane was engulfed in flames after the crash. Iranian agency IRNA, referring to an airport spokesman, reports that the engine of plane has caught fire after taking off.
Firefighters and rescue teams are working on the site.
The plane stopped sending data shortly after departure, the website FlightRadar24 reports.
A Ukrainian plane crash happened hours after Iran fired a ballistic missile at two bases in Iraq, hosted by US military, in response to the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike on Friday at the Baghdad International Airport.
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It is unclear whether the incident is linked to the current US-Iran confrontation, the BBC says.