63 Canadians aboard Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Iran, official says

The Canadian Press

Revealed Wednesday, January eight, 2020 four:47AM EST

Final Up to date Wednesday, January eight, 2020 four:53AM EST

SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran — Dozens of Canadians had been among the many 176 individuals killed in a aircraft crash simply minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital’s major airport, Ukraine’s minister of overseas affairs mentioned.

Vadym Prystaiko mentioned 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians had been on board- the Ukrainian nationals included two passengers and the 9 crew. There have been additionally 10 Swedish, 4 Afghan, three German and three British nationals.

The crash, which killed everybody on board, occurred Wednesday morning hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troopers, however each Ukrainian and Iranian officers say they suspected a mechanical challenge introduced down the Boeing 737-800 plane.

International Affairs Canada didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Airline officers mentioned many of the passengers had been en path to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, transiting by way of there to different locations.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy prolonged his condolences to the households of the victims. His workplace mentioned he had minimize his go to to Oman brief and was returning to Kyiv due to the crash.

“Our process is to ascertain the reason for the crash of the Boeing and supply all mandatory assist to the households of the victims,” mentioned parliament speaker, Dmytro Razumkov, in a Fb assertion.

Ukraine Worldwide Airways mentioned it had indefinitely suspended flights to Tehran after the crash.

“It was the most effective planes we had, with a tremendous, dependable crew,” Yevhen Dykhne, president of the Ukraine Worldwide Airways, mentioned at a briefing following the crash.

Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, ordered a sweeping inspection of all civil airplanes within the nation, “irrespective of the conclusions concerning the crash in Iran.”

The aircraft had been delayed from taking off from Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport by nearly an hour. It took off to the west, however by no means made it above 2,400 metres within the air, information from the flight-tracking web site FlightRadar24 signifies.

It stays unclear what occurred. Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Street and Transportation Ministry, mentioned it appeared a hearth struck one in every of its engines. The pilot of the plane then misplaced management of the aircraft, sending it crashing into the bottom, Biniaz mentioned, in response to the state-run IRNA information company.

Hassan Razaeifar, the pinnacle of air crash investigation committee, mentioned it appeared the pilot could not talk with air-traffic controllers in Tehran within the final moments of the flight. He didn’t elaborate.

Ukrainian authorities have supplied to assist with the investigation of the aircraft crash.

“We’re getting ready a bunch of specialists to be able to assist with the search operation and the investigation of the reason for the crash,” Honcharuk mentioned.

The aircraft, totally loaded with gas for its 2,300-kilometre flight, slammed into farmland close to the city of Shahedshahr on the outskirts of Tehran. Movies taken instantly after the crash present blazes lighting up the darkened fields earlier than daybreak.

Resident Din Mohammad Qassemi mentioned he had been watching the information concerning the Iranian ballistic missile assault on U.S. forces in Iraq in revenge for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani when he heard the crash.

“I heard an enormous explosion and all the homes began to shake. There was fireplace in all places,” he advised The Related Press. “At first I assumed (the Individuals) have hit right here with missiles and went within the basement as a shelter. After some time, I went out and noticed a aircraft has crashed over there. Physique elements had been mendacity round in all places.”

AP journalists who reached the crash website noticed a large discipline of discipline of particles scattered throughout farmland, the useless laying amongst shattered items of the plane. Their possessions, a toddler’s cartoon-covered electrical toothbrush, a stuffed animal, baggage and electronics, stretched in all places.

Rescuers in masks shouted over the noise of hovering helicopters as they labored. They rapidly realized there could be no survivors.

“The one factor that the pilot managed to do was steer the aircraft in the direction of a soccer discipline close to right here as an alternative of a residential space again there,” witness Aref Geravand mentioned. “It crashed close to the sphere and in a water canal.”

The Boeing 737-800 is a quite common single-aisle, twin-engine jetliner used for brief to medium-range flights. 1000’s of the planes are utilized by airways around the globe.