A Ukrainian Boeing 737 with 176 passengers and crew on board has crashed after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran due to technical issues, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday morning.
The airport has confirmed the crash to Sputnik.
BREAKING: Iranian news agencies report that a Boeing 737 passenger airplane, belonging to Ukraine International Airlines has crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport. 180 passengers and crew were onboard. https://t.co/Sl9dDkEM0f— Rana Rahimpour (@ranarahimpour) January 8, 2020
BREAKING. Iranian state claims a Boeing 737 plane has crashed in Tehran, carrying 180 passengers and crew.— Julian Abbott (@JulianBAbbott) January 8, 2020
The Ukraine International Airlines reportedly came down due technical problems after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport. pic.twitter.com/Nj5XnMGof0
Tasnim also reported that the airport chief confirmed the information.
"The plane is on fire but we have sent crews ... and we may be able to save some passengers", Reuters reported citing Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's emergency services.
The plane was heading for Kiev, Ukraine's capital, Fars news agency reported. The airport in Kiev said it was not ready yet to comment on the accident.