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Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes in Iran due to engine failure, 176 killed

Christian Fernsby |
Boeing 737 jet crashed in Iran shortly after take off, killing everyone on board, Iranian ISNA reported.

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Topics: UKRAINIAN    BOEING 737    CRASH    IRAN   

The passenger plane, identified as Ukrainian, took off from Tehran and was bound for Kiev, Ukraine's capital.

Everyone on board died in the crash, according to the Iranian state media. The dead lay among shattered pieces of the aircraft

Earlier reports stated there were 180 people on board. The number was later revised to 170, before the final figure of 176 dead was given, based on the latest body count given by Iranian authorities. The dead lay among shattered pieces of the aircraft.

The jet went down near Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to local media.

An investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

“After taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” Jafarzadeh said.

“An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced.”

Flight data from the airport showed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off today morning, then stopped sending data almost immediately afterward, according to website FlightRadar24.

Iranian rescue workers found a black box from the crashed Ukrainian airliner, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported.

According to the reports, technical problems caused the accident.

Most of the passengers were Iranian nationals but there were also foreign nationals on board.

All 144 Iranians and 32 foreigners on board died in the incident.

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