A Ukraine Airlines plane suffering technical difficulties has crashed near Tehran airport.
The passenger plane carrying 180 people bound for the Ukrainian capital Kiev crashed a few minutes after taking off from Tehran’s main international airport, Iranian media reports say..
Most passengers on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight died, said Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s Emegency Medical Services.
Emergency crews have been dispatched to the crash site but cannot assist because the area is currently ablaze, Koulivand said on IRINN, a state-run media outlet.
The Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines took off from Imam Khomeini international airport at 6.12am Tehran time and went down about eight minutes later, according to flight tracking websites.