A Boeing Co. 737 Carrying 180 People Crashes in Iran


A Boeing Co. 737 plane carrying 180 people crashed in Iran due to technical problems shortly after takeoff, according to a local media report. An Iranian state TV reports that there was no survival in the crash.

The Ukraine International Airlines Flight departed Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran at 6:12 a.m. on Wednesday and lost contact at 6:14 a.m., according to a flight tracker.

“We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information,” Boeing said in a statement.

Boeing is already mired in crisis following crashes in October 2018 and last March. Those disasters, which killed nearly 350 people, involved the U.S. manufacturer’s 737 Max jet, which has been grounded globally for 10 months.

The crash came at a tense time in Iran, as political escalations with the United States had the country on edge. On Tuesday, the F.A.A. banned American airlines from flying over Iran, citing the risk of commercial planes being mistaken for military aircraft.

Reports of the crash also came hours after Iran launched two rocket attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq in response to a U.S. drone strike which killed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force.

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