Ukraine passenger jet crashes in Iran, killing not less than 170 | Information | World

A Ukrainian airliner carrying not less than 170 individuals crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all on board, Iran state media reported.

The Boeing 737 had left Tehran’s worldwide airport certain for Kiev, semi-official information company ISNA mentioned.

“Clearly it’s unattainable that passengers” on flight PS-752 are alive, Pink Crescent head Morteza Salimi advised semi-official information company ISNA, including that 170 passengers and crew had boarded the airplane.

State information company IRNA mentioned 167 passengers and 9 crew members had boarded the plane, which was operated by Ukraine Worldwide Airways.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed all these on board the airplane had been killed.

“In keeping with preliminary knowledge, all passengers and crew members are lifeless,” he wrote on Fb of the Ukraine Worldwide Airways airplane, which was certain for Kiev.

The Pink Crescent mentioned groups had been assisted by troopers and firefighters within the effort to get better our bodies.

“After six o’clock (0230 GMT) this morning we had been knowledgeable passenger airplane crashed within the neighborhood of Shahriar,” mentioned Shahin Fathi, the top of its search and rescue unit.

“All operational groups had been dispatched to the world,” he advised state tv. “Sadly… we haven’t discovered anybody alive.”

Our bodies scattered

“Everybody helps in order that we are able to collect all of the our bodies which have been scattered in a large space,” mentioned Fathi.

Press TV, state tv’s English-language information broadcaster, mentioned the airplane went down within the neighborhood of Parand, a metropolis in Tehran province.

The crash was prone to have been attributable to “technical difficulties”, it reported, citing Ali Khashani, spokesman for Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport.

“The airplane caught hearth after crashing,” mentioned Press TV.

A video aired by the state media broadcaster appeared to point out the airplane already on hearth, falling from the sky.

American airline producer Boeing tweeted: “We’re conscious of the media studies out of Iran and we’re gathering extra data.”

US-Iran tensions

The crash got here shortly after Iran mentioned it fired missiles at Iraqi bases in revenge for the killing of one of many Islamic republic’s high navy commanders in a United States drone strike on Friday.

Following the missile strikes, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mentioned it was banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran and the Gulf after rocket assaults on US forces in Iraq.

“The (FAA) points Notices to Airmen tonight outlining flight restrictions that prohibit US civil aviation operators from working within the airspace over Iraq, Iran and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman,” it mentioned in an announcement.

“The FAA will proceed intently monitoring occasions within the Center East.”

Iran launched the missiles after a US drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, a massively fashionable determine who headed the international operations arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “extreme revenge” for the assassination and declared three days of mourning following the assassination which shocked the Islamic republic.

The assassination of Soleimani set off an escalating disagreement between Iran and the US.

In Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned Trump to “by no means threaten” Iran, after the US chief issued a US strike record of 52 targets within the Islamic republic.

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