UPDATED 1/8 9:30 a.m.: While Ukrainian investigators will be involved, it's now being reported that Iran will not allow the United States to take part in the ensuing crash probe. According to CNN, Iran "will not hand the flight data recorders" from the Ukraine International Airlines airliner over to Boeing or the United States.
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A Boeing 737-800 jet that was on its way to Kyiv, Ukraine from Tehran, Iran has crashed. The aircraft was less than four years old.
The passenger plane, which was operated by Ukrainian International Airlines and went down just after 6:20 a.m. local time, had 180 passengers, CNBC reported citing Iran’s Fars News Agency. The flight took off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International and was experiencing technical issues, local media reported. Everyone on board the flight has reportedly died.
We are following reports that a Ukrainian 737-800 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. #PS752 departed Tehran at 02:42UTC. Last ADS-B data received at 02:44UTC. https://t.co/qXWHUPGDTu pic.twitter.com/vuAi6TOqTp— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 8, 2020
Boeing released a short statement on the crash and said that they "are gathering more information."
We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) January 8, 2020
The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 took place not long after Iran launched multiple missiles into Iraq in a strike targeting military bases with U.S. troops. The strikes were in response to the Trump administration's assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military sites in what appeared to be retaliation for the recent American drone strike that killed one of its top generals. https://t.co/Ghtfc5LTxO— ABC News (@ABC) January 8, 2020
Last month, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg stepped down from his position. Muilenburg's resignation came on the heels of two fatal crashes of 737 Max 8 aircrafts in Ethiopia and Indonesia. 157 people died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash while 189 people died in Lion Air Flight 610 after it went down in the Java Sea.