All 176 people on board a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 passenger plane, flight PS752 were killed when it crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport.
The plane was bound for bound for Kyiv Boryspil.
According to state news agency IRNA 167 passengers and nine crew boarded the Boeing 737.
Data from Flightradar24 indicates that the Boeing 737-800 went off radar just after takeoff from Tehran.
Further, Reuters reports that the Boeing 737-800 went down due to “technical problems.”
We are following reports that a Ukrainian 737-800 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. #PS752 departed Tehran at 02:42UTC. Last ADS-B data received at 02:44UTC. https://t.co/qXWHUPGDTu pic.twitter.com/vuAi6TOqTp
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 8, 2020
The aircraft was scheduled to depart from Tehran at 05:15 local time. However, the aircraft did not become airborne until 06:12 local time. It is unclear if the delay was due to a technical problem that led to this crash.
The aircraft involved in this incident was registered as UR-PSR. Data from Planespotters indicates that the aircraft is just over 3 years old. Furthermore, the data indicates that this is a leased aircraft that has only flown for Ukraine International Airlines.
The Red Crescent said rescue teams are being assisted by soldiers and firefighters in the effort to recover bodies.
Uranian minister said the flight had 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians on board.
Ukrainian airline in a statement said the crashed Boeing jet was new and checked two days ago.