Boeing 737 crashes shortly after takeoff in Iran, killing all 176 on board

by Adam Ford · Jan 8th, 2020 6:10 am

Last Updated Jan 8th, 2020 at 10:56 am

A Boeing 737 passenger jet operated by Ukraine International Airlines crashed minutes after takeoff from Tehran Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board.

The disaster was captured in a chilling video, which shows the jetliner on fire as it descends before crashing to the ground in a giant explosion:

The flight was bound for Kyiv from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport shortly after 6 a.m. local time.

The jet was a Boeing 737-800 built in 2016.

The deceased include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three British nationals, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko tweeted.

Photos of the aftermath of the crash show total destruction as workers combed through the wreckage:

Iran's official state news agency said the plane crashed because of an engine fire caused by a technical issue, though it did not explain how they reached that conclusion. Iran is refusing to turn over the aircraft's black box while aviation experts are saying the evidence points to a "shootdown event."

The disaster comes just hours after Iran launched missile attacks at United States forces in Iraq.


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