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Ukrainian passenger plane crashes near Tehran

08 January, 2020

By SJA Jafri

KYIV/ TEHRAN: A Ukrainian airliner with 180 passengers and crew on board has crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Iranon Wednesday.

According to the Iranian media, the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near Parand, a suburb southwest of capital Tehran shortly after take-off.

There were no immediate reports on casualties, although images posted on social media indicated that there were no survivors.

According to Flighradar24 flight tracker, the Ukraine International Airline Flight 752 was scheduled to take off at 5:15am Tehran time heading to Boryspil International Airport in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

The actual departure time was delayed for almost an hour at 6:12am.

A video posted by Iran’s ISNA news agency showed a faint glow of light flickering in the dark shortly before a huge fireball was seen.

Photos posted online by ISNA also showed wreckage of the plane scattered all over the ground, as emergency personnel inspected the area.

“An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced. We will give more reports in upcoming bulletins,” Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesman of the Iranian Aviation Organization told reporters in Tehran.

The incident comes just hours after Iran launched a retaliatory attack on two US bases in Iraq.

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