Iran’s Red Crescent says there is no chance of survivors after Ukrainian plane crashes shortly after take-off
A Ukrainian Boeing 737 bound for Kiev from Tehran has crashed after takeoff due to technical problems, Iranian media reported. Much of the regional airspace was cleared due to Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq.
Flight radar information showed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 abruptly disappearing after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini airport after taking off just after 6 am local time.
There were reportedly 167 passengers on board, according to an airline representative reached by Sputnik.
Later in the day, Pir-Hossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS), confirmed to Tasnim news agency that everyone on board had died.
Rescue workers have been dispatched to the crash site located between the cities of Parand and Shahriar, but couldn’t come closer because it was ablaze. The authorities sent in 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a medevac helicopter, Koulivand told.
Radar data showed the 737-800 crashing two minutes after takeoff. Multiple Iranian agencies reported on the crash, blaming unspecified “technical problems.”
We are following reports that a Ukrainian 737-800 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. #PS752 departed Tehran at 02:42UTC. Last ADS-B data received at 02:44UTC. https://t.co/qXWHUPGDTu pic.twitter.com/vuAi6TOqTp— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 8, 2020
Mere hours earlier, the Iranian military fired off two volleys of missiles at US bases in Iraq in retaliation for last week’s drone killing of a senior Iranian officer. In response, US aviation authorities closed off the airspace over Iran and the Gulf region to all US carriers.
UIA is the flag carrier of Ukraine and serves almost 90 destinations. It began flying to Tehran in the summer of 2014.