Tehran: A Boeing 737 flight with 180 on board crashed due to technical problems minutes after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport today. The flight belonged to Ukraine International Airlines. Officials are currently reaching the crash site to retrieve any information pertaining to the crash.
Earlier on Tuesday, Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces’ are stationed in Iraq, the Pentagon said.
According to Iranian state TV, the attacks were in revenge for the killing of the commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards, General Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone strike on Friday, which was ordered by President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, the plane which crashed earlier today near Iran airport, was headed for Ukraine as ISNA reported. The website flight radar 24 showed Ukraine International Flight 737 left Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport for Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport early Wednesday morning local time.
Boeing representatives couldn’t immediately comment. Boeing is already mired in crisis following crashes in October 2018 and last March. Those disasters, which killed nearly 350 people, involved the US manufacturer’s 737 max jet, which has been grounded globally for 10 months.
As per latest reports, all the passengers on board including the crew have died in the plane crash.