A Boeing 737 jet operated by the Ukrainian Airline on Wednesday crashes between the cities of Parand and Shahriar shortly after it took off from Tehran’s International Airport, killing all 167 passengers on board.
The plane which has Eighty-two Iranians, 63 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainians died onboard flight PS752, according to a tweet from Ukrainian foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko. There were also 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals among the victims, he said.
According to eye witnesses, who described seeing a fireball in the sky and images of the wreckage show charred parts of the plane strewn over a field.
The crash takes place just days before the company’s new CEO David Calhoun will formally take the job. Calhoun replaces Dennis Muilenburg, who was ousted in December after Boeing’s disastrous year.
The American aviation giant is still reeling from the aftermath of the two 737 Max crashes, and has struggled with delays and other issues in its bid to get the planes back in the air.