Boeing 737 Headed Crashes Minutes After Takeoff From Iran – “No Survivors”

A Kiev-bound Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 plane crashed just two minutes after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.


Update 4: Iran refuses to involve Boeing or the United States in Ukraine International 737-800’s crash probe. The head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority, Ali Abedzadeh, said Ukrainian investigators would be a part of the process.

 “We will not give the black box to the manufacturer [Boeing] or America,” Abedzadeh told Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency.

Abedzadeh added that the pilot did not communicate problems to air traffic control.

“The cause of the accident will not be discovered or announced until the black box is analyzed,” he added.


Update 3: Kiev’s Foreign Ministry has issued the following list:

82 Iranians
63 Canadians
10 Swedes
4 Afghans
3 Germans
3 British
2 Ukrainians + 9 crew members.


Update 2: The Ukrainian embassy to Iran has said that preliminary information suggests engine failure caused the sudden crash of Ukraine International 737-800, rather than a missile attack or act of terrorism. Ukraine’s national security council confirmed that 11 Ukrainian citizens died.


Update: There were no survivors in the Ukraine International 737-800 which crashed shortly after takeoff from Iran, according to the head of the Iranian Red Crescent’s Relief and Rescue Organization in an appearance on state television. The New York Timesmeanwhile, reports that the plane was carrying “at least 170 people,” while Bloomberg puts the number between 167 and 180. The cause of the crash has thus far been reported as a ‘technical problem.’

Four helicopters and 22 ambulances were sent to the crash site, according to Bloomberg.

The flight, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, departed Imam Khomenei International Airport at 6:12 a.m. on Wednesday bound for Kiev, Ukraine. It lost contact at 6:14 a.m. according to a flight tracker.


Raising chilling memories of the downing of MH-17 in Ukraine, the devastating news that a Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet has crashed following takeoff from Iran is fascinatingly coincidental with tonight’s massive escalation (and rapid de-escalation) in Iraq.

Iranian state TV has confirmed the Ukrainian airplane, carrying 180 passengers and crew, has crashed near Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran, after suffering technical problems minutes after take-off.

An investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

The following clip is circulating social media claiming to be the last few seconds of the flight.

FlightRadar24 shows the plane was gaining altitude at around 8,000 feet when it suddenly disappears…

The terrible accident comes after Iranian President Rouhani said that “those who refer to the number 52 should also remember  the number 290.”

290 is a reference to the death toll from downed Iran Air Flight 655: in 1988, the U.S. warship Vincennes mistakenly shot  down an Iranian passenger plane over the Gulf, killing all 290 aboard.

The attack was the deadliest aviation disaster involving an Airbus A300, as well as the deadliest to occur in Iran.


By Tyler Durden | | Republished with permission


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