Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 with the registration UR-PSR lands at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport, Hungary May 26, 2018. Picture taken May 26, 2018 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Ukrainian Security Council Says Terror Attack May Be Behind Boeing Crash in Iran

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On 8 January, Kiev-bound Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737-800 flight PS752 crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran's Khomeini Airport, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged people to refrain from manipulation, speculation, conspiracy theories, hasty evaluations, and unverified versions regarding the UIA Boeing 737-800 that crashed near the Iranian capital, Tehran, shortly after take-off on Wednesday.

"This is not a topic for hype, likes in social networks, sensations and conspiracy theories. We need patience, endurance, and wisdom", stated Zelensky, who earlier declared 9 January a day of mourning in Ukraine.

A total of 167 passengers as well as nine crew members were on board the aircraft when it crashed. Everyone aboard was killed in the tragic incident as the plane became engulfed in fire mid-flight, the head of Iran's Emergency Department said.

The majority of passengers were Iranians and Canadians, 82 and 63 respectively. Ten Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans, and 3 Brits were also on board. There were 11 Ukrainians on the flight, 9 of whom were members of the crew.

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18:55 GMT 09.01.2020

The United States has shared intelligence with Canada indicating that the ill-fated Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down and Canadian authorities regard the information as "credible," CBC reported on Thursday.

Ottawa regards Washington's assessment that the plane was "accidentally shot down by an Iranian missile" as "credible," the report said, citing government sources.

17:40 GMT 09.01.2020

"I have my suspicions. I don’t want to say that because other people have those suspicions also. Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side [Iran]," Trump told reporters. "Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don’t think that’s even a question."

16:50 GMT 09.01.2020

"I had a telephone call with @HassanRouhani. I am grateful to Iran for its willingness to collaborate and provide prompt access to all necessary data to Ukrainian specialists. Deep condolences to the families and relatives of all Iranians who died in the airplane crash in Tehran," Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter.

15:51 GMT 09.01.2020

"The President invited the United Kingdom to join the investigation. Boris Johnson supported this idea and stressed that the best British experts should be involved," the Ukrainian presidential office said.

14:11 GMT 09.01.2020
13:48 GMT 09.01.2020

"Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne had a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday morning. During the phone call, the two sides conferred about the recent crash of a Ukrainian plane in Tehran as well as other issues of mutual interest", a statement from Iran's Foreign Ministry reads. 

13:47 GMT 09.01.2020

The Russian Embassy in Iran said that Tehran did not seek Moscow's help in investigating the causes of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 crash. 

"No, [the Iranian side] did not ask [for our help]", the embassy said. 

11:24 GMT 09.01.2020

"It is impossible to announce any opinion over the reason; we have formed a team to investigate the crash's causes. We will announce the final results in the near future", a senior source in Iran's Civil Aviation Organization told Sputnik, adding that the specialists had already begun their initial analysis of the black box.

09:19 GMT 09.01.2020
09:06 GMT 09.01.2020

Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov said that an anti-aircraft missile attack, as well as a terror attack leading to an explosion or technical malfunction could be behind the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines' Boeing 737.

"A conference with the representatives of Iran's competent bodies, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation, is now underway. Different possible reasons behind the sudden falling of the aircraft are being studied. Here are some key ones: an attack by an anti-aircraft missile — including the Tor missile, as information that fragments of the Russian missile were found near the site of the crash has already emerged on the internet; — a collision with a drone or another flying object; engine destruction and explosion due to technical reasons; and an explosion inside the plane as a result of a terror attack", NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said, according to Ukrainian news portal Censor.net.

Part of the wreckage from Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, a Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport on January 8, 2020, is seen in this still image taken from Iran Press footage. - Sputnik International
Ukraine's Security Council Outlines Four Main Versions Behind Boeing 737-800 Crash in Iran
08:54 GMT 09.01.2020

"A plane with Ukrainian experts arrived in Tehran on January 9, at 3:30 [Kiev time, 01:30 GMT] ... The expert group has urgently started looking into the circumstances of the crash of Boeing 737 flight PS752", the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council said in a statement on Thursday.

08:05 GMT 09.01.2020

Tehran has presented its preliminary report on the Ukrainian Boeing 737 crash indicating that a fire occurred on the aircraft prior to its collapse, but the pilots did not report any malfunction, according to Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation.

"The preliminary report has been presented to Ukraine, where the aircraft is registered, to the United States as a producer, and to Canada and Sweden, whose citizens were on board, at their request", the organisation said in a statement. 

The report also specified that according to eyewitness accounts the plane caught fire while it was still in the air.

07:59 GMT 09.01.2020

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has sent his "deepest" condolences to the people of Ukraine, Iran, and Canada over the recent plane crash near Tehran International Airport that took the lives of 176 people. The minister posted the statement on his Twitter account in Ukrainian, Arabic, and English.

06:24 GMT 09.01.2020

"The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash," AFP cited the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation as saying.

06:09 GMT 09.01.2020
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