Plane Crashes

Jan 9, 2020

At approximately 0615 local time (0245 UTC) on 8 January 2020, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed in a rural area near the city of Parand, located approximately 30 km (20 mi) northwest of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (OIIE/IKA), roughly five minutes after departing from the Tehran airport. All 176 people, including 63 Canadian nationals, on board the aircraft were killed as a result of the crash. While Iranian and Ukrainian officials initially determined that the crash was likely the result of mechanical failure, the Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran later stated that officials had not yet ruled out terrorism and/or rocket attacks as potential causes. The Boeing 737-8KV — registration UR-PSR — was en route to Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport (UKBB/KBP) at the time of the accident. Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization has deployed a team of investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

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