Iran Plane Crash: Ukraine’s Boeing 737-800 with 180 on board has crashed in Tehran

A Ukrainian airliner with almost 180 people on board collapsed on January 8, 2020, due to some technical problems. Shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, reported by Iran’s Official News Agency (IRNA).

As per the flight tracking website, The Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines left from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport at 6:12 am in Tehran time and came down about eight minutes later.

Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said to State Television, “Rescue team has been sent to an area nearby the airport where the Boeing 737 crashed on Wednesday”.

However, IRNA said as per the preliminary information ” the plane was connected for Kyiv, capital of Ukraine… and had 180 passengers and crew.”

Early signs suggested the crash did not seem to have links to Wednesday morning’s missile strike based on Iraq hosting the US and Coalition army.

Boeing issued a brief statement saying it was aware of the news reported by media and was collecting more details.

Any significant safety problems have been elevated with the 737-800, though it refers to the same family as the 737 Max 8 aircraft, which has been down-to-earth since suffering two deadly crashes within six months in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Moreover, the 737-800 works with a different software system to the one involved in the Max 8 crashes.

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