A Boeing 737 plane carrying 176 passengers and crew crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran early Wednesday local time, Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported.
All passengers on-board killed after the tragic crash as per the reports by Iran’s state media.
“All the 167 passengers and nine crew members were killed in the crash,” IRNA news agency quoted a spokesperson of the Imam Khomeini Airport as saying. The flight had crashed near the airport in southern Tehran minutes after take-off when its engine caught fire, IRNA said. The plane, which is reported to have been a Boeing 737, was on its way to Kiev in Ukraine from Tehran.
Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said on IRINN, a state-run media outlet, that emergency crews have been dispatched to the crash site between the cities of Parand and Shahriar.
As per Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA, the crash was due to technical difficulties.