Ukraine’s International Airline Flight PS752, A Boeing 737-800 jet, crashed near Tehran’s Khomeini International Airport in Iran, killing 176 people on board. The flight took off from Khomeini Airport to reach to Kyiv, Ukraine. Most of the people aboard were Iranians and Canadians.
Ukraine’s Tehran embassy claimed that a fire struck one of its engines and, thus, resulted in the crash. However, later they took back the statement. No official statement into the reason for the plane crash has been made since. Ukraine’s president has also warned people to steer clear of unchecked theories and speculations until an official statement has been released. He also sent out his condolences to the families of the victims.
Ali Abedzadeh, the chief executive officer of Iran Civil Aviation Organisation, has ruled out the possibility of the crash being a part of a ‘terrorist attack.’ They released a statement claiming that the crash likely occurred due to engine fires. They also said that Tehran would not hand over the recovered black boxes to the US.
Iran’s ISNA posted a video showing a faint glow of light flickering in the air before the plane turned into a fireball reaching the ground.
The airline’s president confirmed that the plane was one of the company’s best and was inspected this Monday itself. The vice president shared that the flight reached 2400m altitude before it lost contact. The crew on board was one of their best.
82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians including all nine crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Britons, and three Germans were on board when the flight took off. Rescue teams were sent to the site where the plane crashed. However, the officials claimed that there was no chance of surviving that crash.
Ukranian international airlines have suspended all its flights to Tehran for an indefinite period of time. It is the first time since the beginning of the UIA that it has had a fatal crash.