At least 176 dead after Ukrainian airliner crashes in Iran
At least 176 people have died after a Ukrainian airliner carrying approximately 167 passengers and nine crew members crashed soon after taking off in Iran.
According to Iranian state media, the jet, which was destined for Kiev, crashed in Tehran five minutes after take off, killing everyone on board.
Ukraine's embassy in Iran said that the plane, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, had suffered engine failure and the crash was not caused by "terrorism".
Boeing released a brief statement on their Twitter page saying that they were in the process of gathering more information. The plane involved in the crash was less than four years old.
We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) January 8, 2020
"The plane crashed five minutes after taking off,” said civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh.
“The pilot had no contact with the tower and didn’t announce an emergency situation before the crash."
Early reports suggest that it could take months to determine exactly what went wrong with the jet.