Ukrainian Boeing 737 with at least 170 passengers crashes in Iran after takeoff

2020-01-08 12:51:48      View:

A Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashed with at least 170 passengers on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported.

Rescue teams have been sent to an area near the airport where the Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed, Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, told state television.

"The plane is on fire but we have sent crews ... and we may be able to save some passengers.  " Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's emergency services, told the television. Jafarzadeh put the number of passengers at 170.

Earlier, news agency Reuters had reported that 180 people were on board at the time of the incident.