On Wednesday, a Boeing 737 aeroplane that was carrying at least 180 passengers crashed shortly after it took off from Imam Khomeini Airport, in Tehran, Iran.
Iran plane crash: Here’s what we know
As reported by CNN, early reports from the scene of the crash suggest that there are casualties.
However, it is not clear, at this stage, exactly how many passengers died in the plane crash.
What is known for certain is that most passengers who boarded the Ukranian International Airlines flight have lost their lives.
According to Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Emergency Medical Services in Iran, the Boeing 737 aircraft crashed between the cities of Parand and Shahriar.
Rescue officials have been on the ground assessing the damage and looking for survivors.
While the cause of the crash is still the subject of an investigation, early reports suggest that it may have been due to technical issues.
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The crash of the Boeing 737 comes just days before the embattled company was to welcome its new CEO, David Calhoun.
The American aviation company has faced an uphill battle in gaining trust after two Boeing 737 Max planes crashed in the recent past, killing 346 passengers.
Ousted CEO, Dennis Muilenberg took the blame and made way, in December, for Calhoun to succeed him.
Unfortunately, Calhoun will begin his tenure with more casualties to account for.
Does this have anything to do with the war against the US?
Interestingly, this unfortunate incident took place hours after Iran launched multiple missiles targeted at US military bases in Iraq.
This attack was in response to the assassination of Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.
While the timing of the crash may raise an eyebrow or two, no Iranian group has taken responsibility for it.