A Ukrainian airliner with 176 passengers and crew on board has crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Iran early on Wednesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed all passengers and crew on board the Boeing 737 were killed in Wednesday’s crash, in a statement on his official Facebook page.
“According to preliminary information, all passengers and crew members had died. Our embassy is working to clarify information on the circumstances of the tragedy and the list of deceased passengers. My sincere condolences to families and loved ones of all passengers and crew members.”
The crash site lies between the cities of Parand and Shahriar, according to the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services.
Flight radar data suggests the plane crashed two minutes after taking off, according to flight-tracking service FlightRadar24. The plane had been in service for three and a half years, and was last spotted on radar at 7,925 feet (2,415.54 meters).