A Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 passengers and crew crashed a few minutes after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport due to engine failure.
The flight PS752 to Kyiv, Ukraine took off from Imam Khomeini international airport at 6.12am Tehran time and went down in three minutes.
The flight was cleared for takeoff and lost radar contact with ATC when it was climbing at 8000ft, and crashed at 6:18a.m
The flight was carrying mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians with 9 crew members crashed a around Parand, about 60 kilometres south-west of Tehran.
According to the reports, technical problems caused the accident and the jet was on fire while still aloft.
The crash caused a massive explosion when the plane hit the ground, likely because it had been fully loaded with fuel for the flight to Kyiv, Ukraine.
Iran’s aviation authority has recovered both Black Boxes, and previously said it will not hand over flight recorders either to the aircraft’s manufacturer or US aviation authorities.