Ukrainian Boeing plane crashes in Iran, 176 people dead

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5:19 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Iranians, Canadians, Ukrainians, Swedes, Afghans, Germans and Britons among victims - Kiev

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac and Mary Ilyushina

The victims of Wednesday's plane crash in Iran include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko tweeted.

A spokesperson for Ukraine International Airlines told a press conference that the plane was last checked on January 6 and there have been no complaints previously in relation to the jet.   

3:10 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Turkey offers condolences to Ukraine after crash

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu issued a statement Wednesday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu issued a statement Wednesday. Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images

International reaction to the Ukrainian Airlines plane crash in Iran is flooding in.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart, Vadym Prystaiko, on Wednesday.

Cavusoglu offered his condolences "about the Ukrainian plane that crashed,” Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a statement.

5:01 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Iran Civil Aviation Authority investigating crash

Search and rescue workers coordinate at the crash site.
Search and rescue workers coordinate at the crash site. Handout/Iranian Red Crescent/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority has set up a team to investigate the crash of flight PS752 from Tehran to the Ukrainian capital Kiev, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

It added that an investigation is under way and data is already being collected.

5:37 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Ukrainian embassy rules out terror attack, says engine failure caused crash

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

Authorities work near the wreckage of the Ukrainian plane on Wednesday.
Authorities work near the wreckage of the Ukrainian plane on Wednesday. Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP via Getty Images

The Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran has ruled out a terror attack as a possible cause for the plane crash, instead saying in a statement that preliminary information suggests engine failure was responsible.

“According to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to an engine malfunction. The version of the terrorist attack or rocket attack is currently excluded,” the statement on its website read. 
2:24 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

There have been several deadly plane crashes in Iran over the years

The debris of a Boeing cargo plane that crashed near Tehran on January 14, 2019.
The debris of a Boeing cargo plane that crashed near Tehran on January 14, 2019. HASAN SHIRVANI/AFP via Getty Images

The plane crash that killed 176 people outside Tehran earlier today is just the latest in a series of deadly aviation incidents that have taken place in Iran. These include:

  • In 2009, an airliner crashed in northwestern Iran, near the city of Qazvin. It plunged to the ground and disintegrated on impact, killing all 168 passengers and crew -- including 10 members of the country's youth judo team.
  • In 2011, an Iranian jet crashed near the northwest city of Orumiyeh, in bad weather. Seventy-seven people were killed.
  • In 2018, an Iranian Aseman aircraft crashed in Kohangan village, in the south of the country, killing all 65 people on board.
  • In 2019, a Boeing 707 cargo plane belonging to Iran's army crashed near Tehran after the pilot lost control of the aircraft. Fifteen people on board died.
1:51 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Ukrainian President cuts trip short to return to Kiev

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris on December 9, 2019.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris on December 9, 2019. CHARLES PLATIAU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will break off his trip to Oman to return to Kiev to deal with the plane crash, according to his official Twitter account.

An earlier statement on his official Facebook page said Zelensky traveled to Oman at his own expense with his family.

5:44 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

The crash site is covered with debris from the plane wreck

The tail of the plane that crashed in Iran.
The tail of the plane that crashed in Iran. IRNA (the Islamic Republic News Agency)

Photos from the scene of the crash, located just outside the Iranian capital Tehran, show mangled metal and loose debris from the plane wreck.

The plane caught fire after it crashed earlier on Wednesday morning, preventing emergency personnel from accessing it immediately.

Most of the flames appear to be out now, revealing the extent of the damage. The entire tail section of the aircraft has broken off, and structures from the plane look burned.

The crash killed 176 people, including passengers and crew.

Iranian and Ukrainian officials are now working together to respond to the disaster.

"We are working to establish the causes of the tragedy, the Ukrainian consul is working on site, an operational crisis group has been created. We are currently clarifying the number of Ukrainian citizens on board," said Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in a statement.

1:29 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Video shows immediate aftermath of fiery crash

Footage captured by Iran state-run news agency IRNA shows the fiery aftermath of the plane crash just outside Tehran early Wednesday.

In the video, the sky is still dark. The ground is covered with small spot fires from debris.

There were 176 people on board in total, according to state news agency Press TV -- 167 passengers and nine crew members. All of them have been confirmed dead.

5:44 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

The plane crashed two minutes after takeoff, right outside Tehran

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital Tehran.

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).