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Ukrainian jet crashes in Iran

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/20, 11:09 am

All 167 passengers and nine crew members died after a Ukrainian airliner went down about 10 minutes after it departed Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet bound for Kyiv had passengers on board from Britain, Canada, Iran, Sweden, and other countries.

What caused the crash? Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for the Iranian Road and Transportation Ministry, said a fire started in one of the plane’s engines before the pilot lost control. The crash had no apparent connection to Iran’s ballistic missile strikes on two Iraqi bases that house U.S. forces on Wednesday morning, but Iranian officials have refused to turn over to Boeing the plane’s black box.

Dig deeper: Read a Bloomberg report on the history of the plane known as the 737 NG (“Next Generation”), which was a predecessor to Boeing’s troubled 737 Max but had an excellent safety record.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 01/08/2020 07:20 pm

    Why does the Ukraine fly people to and from Iran?

    If the Ukraine is close with Iran, we should NOT be giving them money.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 01/08/2020 07:21 pm

    Is that how Pelosi and her minions get money to Iran, thru the Ukraine?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/09/2020 03:05 pm

    There are reports this morning that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile may have been accidentally fired at the airliner. Apparently debris from such a missile has been located in the area of the crash.  Not the first time such a thing has happened. A US Navy missile from the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner in 1988.  Apparently the Navy crew mistook the airliner for an Iranian fighter. Also, since then there has been speculation the Iranian airline pilot had changed course to use his aircraft in a suicide attack on the Vincennes. 

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