A Boeing 737 with 180 aboard crashes in Iran

2020-01-08 at 10:07

A Boeing 737 jet carrying 180 passengers and crew has crashed in Iran due to technical problems shortly after take-off.

According to a local media report the plane was headed for Ukraine.

The website flightradar24 showed Ukraine International Flight 752 left Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport early today.

Preliminary reports suggest that the plane was en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

It is unclear whether the incident is linked to the Iran-US confrontation.

Rescue teams have been sent to the area, near the airport, where the aircraft crashed.

“The plane is on fire but we have sent crews … and we may be able to save some passengers,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told state television, according to Reuters news agency.

Boeing representatives couldn’t immediately comment.

Boeing is already stuck in crisis following crashes in October 2018 and last March.

Those disasters, which killed nearly 350 people, involved the U.S. manufacturer’s 737 Max jet, which has been grounded globally for 10 months.

-BBC