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Ukrainian plane with 170 passengers crashes in Iran

Jan 08. 2020
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By The Washington Post · Erin Cunningham

ISTANBUL - A Ukrainian passenger jet with 170 people on board crashed in Iran early Wednesday shortly after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in capital Tehran, an airport official said.

The Boeing 737 aircraft likely crashed due to technical difficulties, state media quoted Ali Khahshani, a senior public relations official at the airport, as saying.

The flight from Ukraine International Airlines was bound for the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

A spokesman for Iran's emergency services, Mojtaba Khaledi, said that ambulances were dispatched to the crash site south of Tehran.

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