Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Plane crashes in Iran with 180 passengers and crew

Plane crashes in Iran with 180 passengers and crew

There were 82 Iranian citizens and 63 Canadians on board, with 11 Ukrainians, and citizens from Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the United Kingdom also killed, according to Ukraine's foreign minister.

Flightradar 24 tracking service said it was "following reports' of the Boeing 737 crash shortly after the take-off".

The plane belonged to Ukraine International Airlines, which said the Boeing 737 involved in the crash had been built in 2016 and was checked only two days before it went down.

Technical issues were preliminarily cited as the suspected cause of the crash in which all on board were killed.

Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, told state television that the number of passengers on board the flight was 170.

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The airport in Kiev said it was not ready yet to comment on the accident.

State TV earlier said there were 180 passengers and crew aboard. Its last scheduled maintenance took place on 6 January this year, the airline says in a statement.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing USA forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani.

In a tweet sent around 8.10 a.m. GMT (3.10 a.m. ET), Prystaiko confirmed the nationalities of those on board the flight, which was heading from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport to Ukraine's capital Kiev.

USA -based Boeing said the company was aware of media reports of a plane crash in Iran and was gathering more information.

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