A Ukraine International Airlines jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board, an incident that comes in the middle of military clashes between the U.S. and Iran.
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Boeing 737 Crashes In Iran
The Boeing 737-800 was operated by Ukraine International Airlines. They took off from Imam Khomeini international airport at 6.12 am Tehran time on Wednesday, after being delayed by almost an hour. The plane never made it above 8,000ft and crashed minutes after take-off. None of the 176 people on board survived the crash. Iranian aviation authorities have begun an investigation. Ukraine’s Embassy in Iran initially stated that engine failure caused the crash. However, the embassy then deleted its statement and claimed it hadn’t been official. Victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three Britons, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister.
From the Boeing press statement:
“This is a tragic event and our heartfelt thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families. We are in contact with our airline customers and stand by them in this difficult time. We are ready to assist in any way needed”
The 737-800 is not the 737 Max, which has gotten so much attention following two crashes and a global grounding.
Boeing suspends production of 737 MAX
The 737 MAX aircraft were involved in two fatal crashes. Both crashes happened in five months. The first crash, a Lion Air flight between the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang, came down in the Java Sea 13 minutes after taking off. The pilot reported experiencing technical difficulties minutes after the plane took off. The second crash, an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed near the town of Bishoftu after only six minutes in the air. The two accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia claimed 346 lives in total. What followed was a global grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft in March of 2019. Boeing released a press statement in which they announced they will temporarily suspend production of the 737 MAX aircraft. The decision followed after the Federal Aviation Administration refused to approve the return of the 737 MAX aircraft to service before 2020.
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