A Boeing 737 aircraft with 180 passengers and crew members is said to have crashed shortly after departure from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, Iran’s capital.
The Ukrainian International Airlines plane, which departed from Iran’s main international airport at 6:12 am Tehran time, went down on Wednesday, January 8, eight minutes after taking off.
Though a video purportedly of the crash circulated by the ISNA news agency showed the aircraft burning as it fell from the sky, early indications suggested the crash did not appear to have links to Wednesday morning’s missile strikes on bases in Iraq hosting US and coalition troops.
Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services said emergency crew members have been dispatched to the crash site but couldn’t assist because the area is currently ablaze.
The airplane which crashed has reportedly been in service for about three and half years according to flight-tracking service FlightRadar 24.
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The Boeing 737 is also believed to belong to the same family as the 737 Max 8, which was destroyed by two fatal accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia for six months..