Another Boeing 737 jetliner crashes. This one only 3 years old.
Ukranian owned. American built. Departing from Tehran, Iran. Headed for Kyiv. No Russians or Americans on board.
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Kyiv went down just minutes after taking off from Tehran’s airport at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT).
The majority of passengers were from Iran and Canada.
Ukraine’s Tehran embassy initially blamed engine failure but later removed the statement.
It said any comment regarding the cause of Wednesday’s accident prior to a commission’s inquiry was not official.
Among the victims were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians including all nine crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Britons and three Germans, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said. Fifteen of the dead were children.
In a press conference later in the day, Prime Minister Trudeau revealed that 138 passengers on Flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv were connecting to Canada.