The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines heading to Kiev crashed near the airport and burst into flames.
According to the report by Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, to the state television that the number of passengers on board the flight was 170.
In an incident that occurred on early Wednesday the plane crashed due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, and all aboard were killed, Iran’s state television said.
“The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told state television.
IRNA said according to preliminary information “the plane was bound for Kiev … and had 180 passengers and crew.”
Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the company was aware of media reports of a plane crash in Iran and was gathering more information.
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