- 176 people on board a flight to the Ukrainian capital Kiev were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff
- The incident occurred early Wednesday morning, January 8, 2020
- Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran said it has ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash
Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that 176 people on board a flight to the Ukrainian capital Kiev were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport in Iran.
According to a report by Iran’s Press TV report, the Boeing 737 jet, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, took off early Wednesday morning, January 8, 2020, with 167 passengers and nine crew on board.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran said it has ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash and that preliminary information shows it was caused by an engine malfunction.
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Emergency crews were dispatched to the crash site but could not assist because the area was ablaze, said Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services.
Flight-tracking service FlightRadar 24 said in a tweet that the jet had been in service for about three and a half years.
Data from FlightRadar 24 suggests that the crash could have happened as quickly as two minutes after takeoff.
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In other news, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles on two military bases hosting US troops in Iraq.
The missiles were launched on Tuesday evening, according to the Department of Defence (DoD) in Washington.
They have been interpreted as retaliation against President Donald Trump's administration after US forces killed Iran's military commander Qassem Soleimani.
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