A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying about 170 passengers and crew crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning, killing all passengers on board, Iranian state TV reports. The plane is said to have crashed near the International Airport of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini, with preliminary reports suggesting a technical failure.
Investigators and first responders have reportedly arrived at Tehran’s outskirts crash site in hopes of finding survivors, but they quickly realised that would not be the case.
“It’s unlikely anyone will have survived this accident,” Morteza Salimi, Red Crescent Society’s head of relief and rescue, told Iranian state television. On local TV, Pir Hossein Kulivand, the head of Iran’s emergency services, was quoted saying that all those on board the plane had been killed and that authorities were now working to collect the bodies.
Flight-tracking service FlightRadar 24 said in a tweet that the jet had been in service for about three and a half years.