Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying almost 170 people including staff crashed in Iran minutes after taking off on Wednesday. Sources from the Iranian state TV stated that all the passengers on board were killed in the plane crash which took place near Tehran at around 6:22 AM as per the local time. According to the preliminary information, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff due to the technical problems while the last tracking of the flight ended after six minutes at about 8,000 feet and at a groundspeed of 316 miles-per-hour.
WATCH: Video shows Boeing 737 with 180 people on board on fire, crashing near Tehran pic.twitter.com/7cQMLF6bkY
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The eye-witness who recorded the crash claimed that the jet was on fire coming down which later crashed. Rescue teams with the help of four helicopters and 22 ambulances were reportedly working on war footing to bring the fire under control. The on-field reports didn’t trace any survivors so far. While the Ukraine International representatives refused to immediately, they dropped a vague tweet hours after the accident took place.
We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.
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