Ukrainian Boeing 737 Crashes Near Iran Airpot, Killing All 170 Passengers On Board

A Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane which took off from Tehran’s main airport and was bound for the Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, has crashed a few minutes into its flight time. While initial reports had no confirmation on the casualties, fresh reports have declared that none of its 170 passengers on board have survived.

The Boeing 737-800 took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport at 6.12 am (Tehran local time). Flight tracking websites have reported that about eight minutes into the flight time, the plane went down, killing all of its 167 passengers and nine flight crew members aboard.

Early reports have also suggested that the crash was in no way affected by Iran’s ballistic missile strikes on bases in Iraq that were hosting US troops. This was in retaliation of the US’s drone strike that killed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

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According to what Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry, informed the media, one of the plane’s engines caught fire, which could’ve caused the pilot to lose control of the plane and eventually cause the crash.

Several news agencies have shared pictures of the crash site, and one even managed to source a video that shows the aircraft burning as it falls from the sky.

The Boeing Company’s official Twitter handle has, until 3 hours ago, issued a statement that they are aware of the reports and are investigating into the matter.

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