Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane crashes in Iran

A Ukraine International Airlines aircraft

Ukrainian passenger plane crashes in Iran

The crash occurred shortly after the FAA issued a notice prohibiting US commercial flights over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman following Iranian missile strikes on two Iraqi bases that house USA troops on Tuesday.

Of this figure, 167 were passengers and nine were crew on board.

"We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information", Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in an email.

Ukraine International Airlines has suspended flights to Tehran (Iran), the company's press service has stated, UKRINFORM reported. It took off to the west, but never made it above 8,000 feet in the air, according to data from the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24. There was no further detail on the suspected cause of the crash.

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"It was one of our best planes with a wonderful crew", Dykhne said choking back tears.

The Boeing plane had left Tehran bound for Kyiv, Iran's ISNA news agency said, adding that 10 ambulances were sent to the crash site. An investigation team is reportedly at the scene. He did not elaborate. The service said they saw the aircraft taking off but then it stopped sending data.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that efforts were being made to establish the circumstances of the crash, reports the BBC.

The status of the 180 passengers and crew on the plane is not known.

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Over the past year, Boeing Co. has suffered a series of technical failures with its newer-version 737 MAX aircraft.

Iranian rescue workers have found a black box from the crashed Ukrainian airliner, Reuters reported.

A flight radar image appears to show the plane as it travelled over Iran.

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