New Delhi: A Ukraine International Airlines flight with 170 people on board, including crew, has crashed soon after it took off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday. According to reports, all of them have been killed. A video of the crash is doing the rounds on social media. Technical snag is being blamed for the crash.
The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing US forces in retaliation for the killing of army general Qassem Soleimani. “The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told Iranian state television.
According to air tracking service FlightRadar24, the plane that crashed was Flight PS 752 and was flying to Kiev. The plane was three years old and was a Boeing 737-NG, it said.