176 passengers are feared dead following a Ukraine airliner crash during take-off at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, Iran.
The Ukraine International Airline is reported to have crashed moments after take-off before it burst into flames.
Preliminary reports following the fatal accident point to engine failure as the cause and not terrorism.
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Breaking the news was President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine who said no survivors were found.
He continued by sending his deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims as he promised to investigate the cause.
A media house in Iran reported that the plane’s two black boxes had been found.
It further reported that the pilot of the airline did not report any emergency before the crash occurred.
Out of the 176 passengers on board, 9 of them were crews with the rest being normal passengers.
Boing 737-800 is considered by the aviation industry as the safest model, unlike 737 max.
Iran will now spearhead the investigation before submitting the necessary reports.