A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 has reportedly crashed after taking off from Tehran. The aircraft, operating flight PS752 bound for Kiev, was carrying 180 passengers and crew, according to local media reports. While details surrounding the crash are unclear, some reports have pointed to “technical problems” as its cause. The airline has yet to respond to a request for comment.
Iranian investigators have formally identified a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport. The Civil Aviation Organisation says the twinjet was registered UR-PSR and had been bound for Kiev. It states that the aircraft took off at 06:12, operating as flight PS752, but lost contact with air traffic control at 06:18, just 6min later. Take-off was conducted from Imam Khomeini’s runway 29R. The CAO states that the aircraft came near in a district of Tehran called Saba Shahr. This area lies to the north-west of the airport. Preliminary indications, it adds, point to no survivors among the 167 passengers and nine crew members.
In a surprise move, the Iranian armed forces says it accidentally shot down a Boeing 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines on 8 January. The admission comes after several days of repeated denials from Tehran that it had anything to do with the loss of flight PS752, an incident that killed 176 people. The nation now says that the aircraft was shot down by a missile battery manned by jumpy soldiers nervous about possible American air strikes.