It has been confirmed that last night a Boeing 737 flying from Tehran to Kiev Ukraine crashed just minutes after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport. All passengers on board the flight have also been reported dead, which included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 British nationals.
As of now, the official report states the plane crashed due to "technical issues", though these reports have not yet been confirmed. And according to many sources, Iran is supposedly refusing to hand over the in flight recorder and blackbox to Boeing for further investigation.
This may change in the coming hours and days, but if Iran does indeed keep the blackbox, their reports of 'mechanical failures' will hold little water as they cannot be confirmed.
FOOTAGE: All 176 Passengers killed in the Ukrainian Plane Crash in Iran.#Ukrainian President has Instructed to open a Criminal Investigation.#WWIII #Ukraine #UkrainianAirlines #ukraineplanecrash pic.twitter.com/QFrxBUE5tG— Shabbat Ala Biafra (@ShabbaAlaBiafra) January 8, 2020
Though it isn't the best time to make speculation about the crash, that hasn't stopped many people online from combing through photos looking for clues as to what caused the older model 737 to fall from the sky.
(1) 737 are capable of climbing with only 1 working engine.— David (@seti_yeti) January 8, 2020
(2) Engine failures very rarely result in catastrophic fire.
(3) Photo of the front of the fuselage show penetrating damage consistent with shrapnel.
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#ukraineplanecrash #missile pic.twitter.com/o2ixdSMtnd
If you remember back in March of 2019 when two Boeing 737 Max airplanes crashed, Boeing took the new modeled jets out of circulation. This was not one of those jets.
Earlier this morning, an official Ukrainian statement posted online claimed 'mechanical failures' were responsible for the plane crash but that statement has since been deleted. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Looks like the Ukrainian airliner was hit.pic.twitter.com/7gmF6CkizS— Old Holborn (@Holbornlolz) January 8, 2020
CGTN on the scene: debris is seen following #ukraineplanecrash that killed all 176 on board, including 15 children and one infant according to the Iran Civil Aviation Organization; CMG reporter on the scene said children's clothing and toys can be seen https://t.co/OL2LYiaIqN pic.twitter.com/ierQfgokB0— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 8, 2020