Passenger aircraft with over 170 people aboard crashed in Iran

A Ukrainian airliner crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard, Iran’s state television and Ukraine’s leaders said.

The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport and burst into flames. Iranian TV said the crash was due to technical problems but did not elaborate.

Ukraine’s embassy in Iran said the plane had suffered engine failure and the crash was not caused by “terrorism”.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said there were no survivors.

“My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew,” Zelenskiy said in a statement, adding that Ukraine was seeking to establish the circumstances of the crash and the death toll.

Iranian state TV and Ukraine’s prime minister said 167 passengers and 9 crew were on board. Iranian TV said 32 of those on board were foreigners.

Iranian media quoted an Iranian aviation official as saying the pilot of the airliner did not declare an emergency.

There was no official word from Ukraine International Airlines. It was the first fatal crash for Kiev-based UIA.

“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 Iranian state television.

Television footage showed debris and smouldering engine parts strewn across a field, and rescue workers with face masks retrieving bodies of the victims.

According to air tracking service FlightRadar24, the plane that crashed was Flight PS 752 and was flying to Kiev. The plane was three years old and was a Boeing 737-800NG, it said.

The model’s twin engines are made by CFM International, a U.S.-French venture co-owned by General Electric and France’s Safran.

Modern aircraft are designed and certified to cope with an engine failure shortly after take-off and to fly for extended periods on one engine. However, an uncontained engine failure releasing shrapnel can cause damage to other aircraft systems.

A spokesman for Boeing said the company was aware of media reports of a plane crash in Iran and was gathering more information. The plane manufacturer grounded its 737 MAX fleet in March after two crashes that killed 346 people.

© 2020 Reuters

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22 comments

  • ‘Ukraine’s embassy in Iran said the plane had suffered engine failure and the crash was not caused by “terrorism”.
    How the fuck do they know that? It sounds like wishful thinking. An airline with an excellent safety record suffering a catastrophic crash in such extraordinary circumstances seems unlikely to be just a coincidence.

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    • Zelensky is buddies with the goatfuckers, he will hide the truth, probably will even pressure Boeing not to publish the true cause.

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      • I don’t think he would do that Mike.
        As for Boeing, will they even be allowed to investigate? Since Iran is under sanctions, would they even get in? That will be down to Trump. Since he is (indirectly) an unwitting contributor to this catastrophe, he really needs to show very strong support for Ukraine, as you suggested earlier.
        Ukraine does pursue relationships with shit countries like Iran, China and Turkey (it even had regular Syria flights before the war) but what choices does it have? No fucker wants to be a foul weather friend to Ukraine. Except maybe Pribaltika, Poland, Britain, Canada and America. And even their support is relatively feeble.
        Here is a famous quote from a Ukrainian poet:

        💔 We, Ukrainians, are in love with Europe, Europe is in love with Russia, while Russia hates both us and Europe, but behaves differently towards us and Europe.
        📙 Yuri Andrukhovych (Юрій Андрухович) mentions such a love triangle in his interview for #UkraineStories book.

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    • Zelensky said people should not jump to conclusions with unverified accounts of what happened. His embassy has done just that.

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  • “Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister has said the crash of a Ukrainian passenger jet in Tehran, Iran was not a coincidence.

    A Ukrainian Boeing-737 with 180 people onboard crashed in Iran.

    It went down near an airport in the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday.

    The aircraft belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed just after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport, according to Fars state news agency.

    The plane was reportedly en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

    The crash is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues.

    Reacting to the crash, Fani-Kayode said the timing of the incident was wrong.

    In a tweet, the former Minister wrote: “A Ukrainian Airline jet with 180 passengers has crashed just after it took off in Tehran, Iran. The plane was on it’s way to Kiev, Ukraine. All 180 lives were lost. What a tragedy. The timing of this sad and terrible event is significant. I don’t believe in coincidences. RIP.”

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  • KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s national security council said on Wednesday that 11 Ukrainian citizens died in the crash of an Ukrainian airliner in Iran, including nine crew members.

    In a separate statement, Ukraine International Airlines said it was suspending flights to Tehran indefinitely and that the crashed plane had its last scheduled maintenance on Monday.

    So this plane had a scheduled maintenance on Monday, and crashed on Wednesday. Something stinks here already.

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    • Like i said, only a missile can cause a fire and the breakdown of all electronics, including communication. Otherwise the pilot would have sent a distress signal or call to the tower or been able to slowly reduce altitude. The fact the plane crashed on an open field shows the pilot may have tried to land the bird but the impact damage was too serious…

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    • Al Hadath: The downed Ukrainian aircraft outbound from Tehran was accidentally shot down by Iranian AA units.

      First evidence is leaking…

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