In what could still be linked to the tension rising between the United States of America and Iran, 3 Brits and 63 Canadians were among 176 people on board a flight to the Ukrainian capital Kiev, and were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport, Iran’s Press TV reported.The Boeing 737 jet, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, took off early Wednesday morning with 167 passengers and nine crew on board, Press TV reported, citing Ali Khashani, a senior public relations official at Imam Khomeini Airport in the Iranian capital..
The Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran said it has ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash and that preliminary information shows it was caused by an engine malfunction. Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported the crash was due to technical difficulties. Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority said it had launched an investigation.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the crash site but could not assist because the area was ablaze, said Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services and all the 176 persengers and crew on board has been confirmed dead.