(TEHRAN, Iran) — A Ukrainian airplane carrying not less than 170 individuals crashed Wednesday close to an airport within the capital, Tehran, state TV reported. There was no rapid phrase on casualties.

The airplane had taken off from Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport, the report mentioned. The crash is suspected to have been attributable to mechanical points, it added, with out elaborating.

An investigation staff was on the web site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh mentioned.

“After taking off from Imam Khomeini worldwide airport it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” Jafarzadeh mentioned. “An investigation staff from the nationwide aviation division was dispatched to the situation after the information was introduced.”

State TV earlier mentioned there have been 180 passengers and crew aboard. The discrepancy couldn’t be instantly reconciled.

Flight information from the airport confirmed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine Worldwide Airways took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending information virtually instantly afterward, in accordance with web site FlightRadar24. The airline didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The crash got here hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault focusing on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The Boeing 737-800 is a quite common single-aisle, twin-engine jetliner used for brief to medium-range flights. Hundreds of the planes are utilized by airways world wide.Launched within the late 1990s, it’s an older mannequin than the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded for almost 10 months following two lethal crashes.

Quite a lot of 737-800 plane have been concerned in lethal accidents through the years. In March 2016, a Flydubai 737-800 from Dubai crashed whereas making an attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia, killing 62 onboard. One other 737-800 flight from Dubai, operated by Air India Specific, crashed in Might 2010 whereas making an attempt to land in Mangalore, India, killing greater than 150 onboard.


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