A Ukraine International Airlines 737-800 crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini on Wednesday morning. All 180 onboard are feared dead.
Iranian media has reported the Boeing jet crashed shortly after takeoff near Parand, a suburb of Tehran. Iranian and media plus photos and videos of the wreckage strongly suggest there were no survivors (a huge fireball was witnessed).
سلیمی، رئیس سازمان امداد و نجات جمعیت هلال احمر درباره سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی:
*مرکز کنترل و مدیریت بحران هواپیمایی ۶:۲۲ اعلام حادثه کرد که سریعا تیمهای عملیاتی اعزام شدند
*بعید میدانم کسی در این حادثه زنده مانده باشد
*خوشبختانه به منازل مسکونی خسارتی وارد نشده است pic.twitter.com/P4L90cqIN6
— خبرگزاری ایسنا (@isna_farsi) January 8, 2020
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was scheduled to take off at 5:15AM from Tehran, heading toward Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv. The flight actually took off nearly an hour later. It is not clear if any technical issues were diagnosed prior to takeoff that may have prompted the delay. You can see where the aircraft went down via Flightradar24.
This incident comes just hours after Iran attacked two U.S. military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.
I flew on on a Ukraine International Airlines 737-800 from Istanbul to Kyiv a couple years ago…perhaps even on the same aircraft. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.
This is a developing story.