- A Boeing 737 plane heading to Kyiv, Ukraine, crashed a few minutes after take-off in the South West of Iran's capital, Tehran
- The Ukrainian airliner reportedly had 176 passengers and crew on board and all of them perished in the accident
- A video shared by a news agency in Iran showed the plane descending and bursting into flames after hitting the ground
A Boeing 737 plane heading to Kyiv, Ukraine, has crashed minutes after take-off in Tehran, Iran, on the morning of Wednesday, 8 January.
Reports from the Iranian media indicate all the 176 passengers and crew on board were killed in the morning tragedy.
According to Aljazeera and other international news outlets, the Ukrainian airliner crashed in Parand, South West of Iran capital, Tehran.
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The aircraft was set to take off at 5.15am Tehran time to Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv, but took off at 6.12 am after an hour's delay.
"An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced. We will give more reports in upcoming bulletins," Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesman of the Iranian Aviation Organisation told reporters in Tehran.
A video shared by a news agency in Iran showed the flickering light of the aircraft descending in high speed and hitting the ground, where it burst into a huge fireball.
Photos shared by the agency also showed the plane's debris scattered all over the ground, diminishing any chances of survival.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Iranian Aviation Organisation has since launched an investigation into the accident.
According to Flightradar24, the aircraft was operated by a Boeing 737-800 (not MAX) registered UR-PSR. It was delivered new to Ukrainian Airlines in 2016 and was powered by two CFM56 engines.
The crash came hours after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles on two military bases hosting US troops in Iraq.
The missiles were launched on the evening of Tuesday, 7 January, according to the Department of Defence (DoD) in Washington.
Washington has sent more than 3 000 troops to Iran as reinforcement as tension continues to escalate.
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