It has been confirmed that all the 176 people on board of Ukraine International Airlines flight were killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran.
Ukraine Press TV reported and confirmed this.
Boeing 737 jet took off in the wee hours of Wednesday morning with 167 passengers and nine crew on board. Press TV reported, citing Ali Khashani, a senior public relations official at the airport.
Earlier reports from Iranian state media had said 180 people were on board.
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post that the country’s embassy in Iran is “working to clarify information on the circumstances of the tragedy. And the list of deceased passengers.”
“My sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of all passengers and crew members,” Zelensky said.
Meanwhile, Emergency crews were dispatched to the crash site. but they could not assist because the area was ablaze, said Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services.
Koulivand told state-run media outlet IRINN that the crash site is between the cities of Parand and Shahriar.
Furthermore, Flight-tracking service FlightRadar 24 said in a tweet that the jet had been in service for about three and a half years.
Information from FlightRadar 24 suggests that the crash could have happened as quickly as two minutes after takeoff.
Regrettably, the crash takes place just days before the company’s new CEO David Calhoun will formally take the job.
Calhoun replaces Dennis Muilenburg, who was ousted in December after Boeing’s disastrous year.
The American aviation giant is still reeling from the aftermath of two 737 Max crashes, which killed 346 people.
The Max has been grounded worldwide since March, and the company has struggled with delays and other issues in its bid to get the planes back in the air.
A Boeing spokesperson told CNN they are “aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.”
In what seems like a coincidence, a Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 with 180 passengers onboard had crashed shortly after take-off in Tehran.
This report is stated according to Iranian media.