Plane crashes in Iran minutes after takeoff, 176 people dead

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has confirmed plane crash in Iran, just minutes after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Ukraine International Airlines expresses condolences to the families plane crash victims
Ukraine International Airlines expresses condolences to the families of the victims | Photo Credit: Facebook/Fly UIA

The UIA aircraft while operating flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, disappeared from the radars after departure from Tehran International Airport at 06:10 Iran local time.

According to preliminary data, there were 167 passengers and 9 crew members on board. UIA representatives are currently clarifying the exact number of passengers on board.

The victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals, according to Ukraine's Foreign Minister.

Passenger list is now posted on the airline's website after the final confirmation of their presence on board of the aircraft.

"The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims," the airline company said in a statement.

With immediate effect, UIA has decided to suspend its flights to Tehran until further notice.

Ukraine's State Aviation Service (SAS) has also suspended all Ukrainian airline flights over Iran’s airspace starting midnight, January 9.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in a Facebook post said that the cause of the crash will be "properly investigated and made public after the investigation."

The disaster came amidst the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, which on Tuesday fired missiles at two bases in Iraq that house American soldiers. However, there was no immediate trace that the plane had been shot down or otherwise attacked.

The flight was operated on a Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft (registration UR-PSR). The aircraft was built in 2016 and delivered directly to the airline from the manufacturer. The last scheduled maintenance of the aircraft took place on January 6, 2020.

Ukraine International, a low-fare network carrier, was co-founded as an international carrier of independent Ukraine in 1992. The airline connects Ukraine with 38 countries in Europe, Asia, America, Africa, and the Middle East.

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