No survivors in Ukraine plane crash

2020-01-08 at 11:52

All 176 people on board a Ukraine International Airlines flight were killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran.

The country’s Press TV reported the Boeing 737 jet took off early this morning with 167 passengers and nine crew on board.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post that the country’s embassy in Iran is “working to clarify information on the circumstances of the tragedy and the list of deceased passengers.”

The head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services said emergency crews were dispatched to the crash site but could not assist because the area was ablaze.

The crash site is between the cities of Parand and Shahriar.

Flight-tracking service FlightRadar 24 said in a tweet that the jet had been in service for about three and a half years.

Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported the crash was due to technical difficulties.

A Boeing spokesperson told CNN they are “aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.”