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Graphic shows location of the crash and the plane’s speed and altitude prior to the accident.


تحطم طائرة ركاب أوكرانية في إيران

By Jordi Bou

January 8, 2020 - A Ukrainian airliner crashed soon after take off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, killing all 176 people aboard. The majority of passengers were from Iran and Canada.

The crash of Ukraine International Airlines came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers, but Iranian officials said they suspected a mechanical issue brought down the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Ukrainian officials initially agreed, but later backed away and declined to offer a cause while the investigation is ongoing.

The plane carried 167 passengers and nine crew members from different nations. Ukraine's foreign minister said that there were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians on board. There were also 10 Swedish, four Afghan, three German and three British nationals, he said.

Airline officials said most of the passengers were en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

PUBLISHED:08/01/2020; STORY: Graphic News