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A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Ukranian 737 Crashes After Departing Tehran

A Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed just minutes after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran early Wednesday morning. Flight PS752 departed Tehran’s largest airport at 6:12 a.m. Iran Standard Time. The last ADS-B data was received from the aircraft just two minutes later at 6:14 a.m. according to FlightRadar24. The aircraft was climbing out of Tehran and was close to passing 8,000 feet when it stopped transmitting data.

The flight between Tehran and Kyiev was operated by a Boeing 737-800. This is Boeing’s Next Generation version of the narrowbody, not the new 737 MAX which is currently grounded worldwide. The aircraft involved in the crash is UR-PSR and is 3.6 years old according to AirFleets.net. The Renton, WA built plane was powered by two CMF International CMF56 engines, an engine used by both Boeing 737 Classic and Next Generation (NG) aircraft.

Iranian state media has confirmed that none of the 167 passengers or 9 crew members survived the crash. It is unclear at this time if anyone on the ground was injured or killed as a result of the aircraft’s impact.

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the deceased included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedish, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans, and 3 British Nationals.

Early photos of the crash site have begun circulating around social media sites such as Twitter and show little left from the Boeing 737-800 involved in the incident. Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority has stated that the cause of the Ukraine International Airlines 737 crash is not clear yet. 

This crash comes just two days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani published a tweet with a reference to the U.S. shootdown of Iran Air flight 655 in 1988. At this time, there is no connection between the crash and the current heightened political tensions between Iran and the U.S.

The Federal Aviation Administration tweeted out an updated NOTAM for Tehran just eight minutes prior to the crash of PS752. In response to the crash, Boeing tweeted: “We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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