Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff from Iran airport

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Jan 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

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A Ukrainian passenger aircraft has crashed shortly after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.

The Boeing 737 had 180 passengers on board and suffered technical problems, Reuters reported citing Iran's Fars News Agency.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

An investigation team was at the site of the crash on the south-western outskirts of Tehran, Iran's civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

“After taking off from Imam Khomeini international airport it crashed between Parand and Shahriar," Mr 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 aircraft flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off for Kiev on Wednesday morning, then stopped sending data almost immediately afterwards, according to website FlightRadar24. The airline did not respond to a request for comment.

The Boeing 737-800 is a very common single-aisle, twin-engine jetliner used for short to medium-range flights. Thousands of the planes are used by airlines around the world.

Introduced in the late 1990s, it is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded for nearly 10 months following two deadly crashes.

A number of 737-800 aircraft have been involved in deadly accidents over the years.In March 2016, a Flydubai 737-800 from crashed while trying to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia, killing 62 onboard.

More to follow.

Updated: January 8, 2020 08:27 AM

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