Over 170 killed after passenger plane crashes in Tehran
TEHRAN: All 176 passengers and crew members aboard a Ukrainian International Airline plane were killed on Wednesday when it crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran, Press TV reported.
According to flight tracking service Flightradar24, the Boeing 737-800 jet was heading to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, from Imam Khomeini Airport in the Iranian capital.
A video posted by Iran’s state news agency shows the plane catching fire in the mid-air. Red Crescent confirmed that there was no survivor in the incident.
Spokesman of the Iranian Aviation Organisation said a probe team was sent to gather information from the site of the incident.
The incident has taken place hours after Iran attacked US military base in Iraq.
A spokesperson of the American aviation giant, Boeing, has refrained from making a comment saying that he could say something only after initial investigation was conducted.
Two pilots were martyred on Jan 7 as a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) FT-7 aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Mianwali.
A PAF spokesperson had said, both the pilots on board, Squadron Leader Haris bin Khalid and Flying Officer Ibaad ur Rehman, embraced shahadat (martyrdom).
A board of inquiry had been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.