Rescue employees carry the body of a victim of an Ukrainian aircraft crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran on January 8, 2020.
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A Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed quickly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing all 176 travelers and team on board. The cause of the crash is not yet understood.

Bloomberg < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","http://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-08/boeing-737-carrying-180-people-crashes-in-iran-state-media-says",{"metric25":1}]] href=" http://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-08/ boeing-737- bring-180- people-crashes-in-iran-state-media-says" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > determined the jet as Ukraine International Flight752, a737-800 NG that was heading from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport for Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport and stopped transmitting roughly< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/world/middleeast/iran-plane-crash-boeing-ukraine.html",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://www.nytimes.com/ 2020/01/07/ world/middleeast/iran-plane-crash- boeing-ukraine. html" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > two minutes after takeoff. Ukrainian International Airlines told< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://edition.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/iran-plane-crash-live-intl-hnk/h_63f9251b699e0574ac2a8b44e38dfc5d",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://edition.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/iran-plane-crash-live-intl-hnk/h_63 f9251 b699 e0574ac2a8b44 e 38dfc5d" rel =" noopener noreferrer" target =" _ blank" > CNN that the plane” was built in2016 and provided straight to the airline from the maker.”

” According to initial information, the aeroplane crashed as an outcome of engine failure due to technical factors,” the Ukrainian Embassy in Iran< a data-ga= "[["Embedded Url","External link","https://iran.mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/76852-shhodo-aviakatastrofi-litaka-mau-shho-vikonuvav-rejs-ps752",{"metric25":1}]] href= "https://iran.mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/76852- shhodo-aviakatastrofi-litaka-mau-shho-vikonuvav-rejs-ps752" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > stated in a declaration, according to an English translation by the< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/world/middleeast/iran-plane-crash-boeing-ukraine.html",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/ world/middleeast/iran-plane-crash- boeing-ukraine. html" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > New York Times” The possibility of a terrorist attack or a rocket attack can presently be eliminated.”

Oddly, the embassy’s statement, which was< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://iran.mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/76852-shhodo-aviakatastrofi-litaka-mau-shho-vikonuvav-rejs-ps752",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://iran.mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/76852- shhodo-aviakatastrofi-litaka-mau-shho-vikonuvav-rejs-ps752 "rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > published online, delivered a404 notification as of 4:00 am ET, indicating the declaration may have been deleted. It’s not yet clear why.[Update, 6:05 am ET: The Ukrainian Embassy in Iran has issued a new statement that doesn’t mention engine failure, according to Reuters, saying that previous comments were “ not official“]

From< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash/ukrainian-airliner-crashes-in-iran-killing-all-aboard-idUSKBN1Z70EL",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash/ukrainian-airliner-crashes-in-iran-killing-all-aboard-idUSKBN1Z70 EL" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Reuters:

An embassy official said Iranian authorities had asked it to rescind an earlier declaration from Iran based upon initial details that had blamed the accident on engine failure.

Ukraine International Airlines stated that the crashed plane had actually passed its last technical service examination on January 6, according to absolutely nothing wrong” with its aircraft.

Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs reported the< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://twitter.com/VPrystaiko/status/1214821876742213632",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://twitter.com/VPrystaiko/status/1214821876742213632" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > nationalities of those on board, consisting of82 people from Iran,63 from Canada,11from Ukraine( including 9 team), 10from Sweden, 4 from Afghanistan, 3 from the United Kingdom, and 3 from Germany.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated that he would cancel an abroad journey to Oman and return to Ukraine in the wake of the crash.

” This is an awful event and our genuine ideas are with the team, passengers, and their families,” Boeing spokesperson Peter P. Pedraza informed Gizmodo by means of e-mail. “We touch with our airline client and stand by them in this tough time. We are prepared to help in any method needed.”

Video footage published to Twitter by BBC Iran correspondent Ali Hashem appeared to show the jet in flames prior to exploding soon prior to its accident with the ground.

There is no sign that the crash has anything to do with retaliatory Iranian missile strikes on Iraqi bases real estate U.S. soldiers, conducted in the early hours of Wednesday morning local time, according to multiple sources.

The Iranian strikes followed a U.S. choice to assassinate one of its top military authorities, Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, by air campaign last week. However, the Federal Aviation Administration < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/07/faa-iraq-iran-095976",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/07/ faa-iraq-iran-095976" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > imposed emergency constraints barring U.S. pilots and aircraft from flying over Iran or Iraq due to the threat of being confused with military craft following the missile strikes.

On Oct.28,2018, and March 10, 2019, 2 different crashes involving Boeing737 Max jets eliminated a cumulative346 individuals; the entire737 Max line has actually been grounded worldwide considering that, costing the company billions. It continues< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","http://nytimes.com/2020/01/07/business/boeing-737-max-simulator-training.html",{"metric25":1}]] href=" http://nytimes.com/2020/01/07/ business/boeing-737- max-simulator-training. html" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target =" _ blank" > to work on software repairs for the737 Max’s Maneuvering Characteristics Enhancement System (MCAS), a flight control system planned to make up for the line’s bigger engines, even as Boeing and the FAA face accusations that they< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","https://gizmodo.com/the-faa-knew-1840375968",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://gizmodo.com/the-faa-knew-1840375968" > neglected safety issues in their rush to rule the jet airworthy. MCAS is not installed on the 737-800 line.

The AFP tweeted out a graphic revealing the flight path of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS-752 before it crashed.

Dutch airline KLM has actually suspended all flights over Iran and Iraq, according to a tweet from the < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://twitter.com/NUnl/status/1214823510071300096",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://twitter.com/NUnl/status/1214823510071300096" rel= "noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > air carrier, while Russia has done the very same, according to the< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/08/iran-plane-crash-170-passengers-feared-dead-ukraine-boeing-737/#update-20200108-0840",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/08/ iran-plane-crash-170- passengers-feared-dead-ukraine-boeing-737/ #update-20200108-0840" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Telegraph

” In connection with the details on the existing threats to the security of international flights of civil airplane before the subsequent alert, the Federal Air Transport Company suggests not using the airspace over the territories of Iran, Iraq, the Persian and Oman gulfs for flights of civil airplane of the Russian Federation, consisting of transit flights,” Russia’s Federal Air Transportation Firm stated.

The black box of the aircraft has apparently lain and a thorough investigation will be performed, according to Iranian broadcaster < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://twitter.com/Rover829/status/1214810628205858816",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://twitter.com/Rover829/ status/1214810628205858816" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > Irib Iran’s Civil Air travel Organization is reportedly refusing to hand over the black box to Boeing, according to the< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://twitter.com/BBCMonitoring/status/1214861186098970624",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://twitter.com/BBCMonitoring/status/1214861186098970624" rel=" noopener noreferrer" target=" _ blank" > BBC

Updated with statement from Boeing at 6:55 am ET.

Correction: An early version of this post mentioned that the aircraft stopped transmitting approximately 8 minutes after takeoff. The most recent reports suggest it was just < a data-ga ="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/world/middleeast/iran-plane-crash-boeing-ukraine.html",{"metric25":1}]] href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/ world/middleeast/iran-plane-crash - boeing-ukraine. html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target =" _ blank" > 2 minutes

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