Ukrainian plane crashes in Iran shortly after takeoff, killing 176 people

(RCM Redaction)

Investigators were scrambling Wednesday to determine the cause of a crash that killed all 176 people on board a plane that came down shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport.

The Boeing 737 jet, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, took off early on Wednesday en route to the Ukrainian capital Kiev with 167 passengers and nine crew on board.
Earlier reports from Iranian state media had said 180 people were on board Flight PS752.
Eighty-two Iranians, 63 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainians died in the crash, according to a tweet from Ukrainian foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko.
There were also 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals among the victims, he said.
Thirteen former students of Sharif University of Technology, in Tehran, were among those killed, according to a tweet from the university.
The plane is a Boeing 737-800, a predecessor to the company’s 737 Max, which has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran replaced its previous statement saying terrorism or rocket attacks had been ruled out as causes of the plane crash.
“Information on the causes of the plane crash is being clarified by the commission,” it said.
Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA previously reported the crash was due to technical difficulties. Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority said it had launched an investigation.
(Edited from CNN)
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