Ukrainian plane crashes in Iran killing 176 hours after missile attack at US troops in Iraq

A Boeing 737 aircraft of Ukraine International Airlines crashed. The accident killed 176 passengers and crew members on board.

The incident occurred minutes after takeoff from Tehran International Airport Wednesday, just hours after Iran launched missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said:

“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”

“As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” Trump said while calling on Iran to end its support of terrorist groups in the region.

Following the crash of the Ukrainian airline flight from Tehran to Kyiv, the airline announced it was suspending all flights to Tehran.

“Today, on January 08, 2020, a ‘Ukraine International Airlines’ aircraft while operating flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv disappeared from the radars a few minutes after departure from Tehran International Airport. The aircraft departed from Tehran International Airport at 06:10 hrs. Iran local time. According to preliminary data, there were 167 passengers and nine crew members on board,” Ukraine International Airlines said in a statement.

“The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims. With immediate effect, UIA has decided to suspend its flights to Tehran until further notice,” the airline said.

 

Source: The Christian Post

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