DUBAI / KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian plane crashed and caught fire shortly after taking off from Tehran in early Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.
Debris and smoldering parts from a Boeing 737, the Ukraine International Airlines said last maintenance two days ago, was thrown into a field southwest of the Iranian capital when employees Rescue with face mask.
Among the victims were 82 people from Iran, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, three Germans and three Britons, Ukraine Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said. Most passengers were in transit, the airline said.
The Ukrainian embassy in Iran said the cause of the accident was not disclosed and all previous comments were unofficial. An embassy official said the Iranian authorities had asked them to cancel an earlier statement from Iran based on preliminary information that blamed the accident for a motor fault.
Iranian television said the accident was due to an unidentified technical problem and Iranian media quoted a local aviation official as saying the pilot had not declared a state of emergency. GRAPHIC: Tehran aircraft accident – here
It was the first deadly accident of Ukraine International Airlines based in Kiev. The airline said it was doing everything it could to confirm the cause, and the investigation would also involve Boeing and the national government.
According to international regulations Iran is responsible for investigating the accident.
IRIB state broadcaster Iran said one of the two black planes …
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