The Ukranian International Airlines flight PS752 crashed in Tehran in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The aircraft crashed reportedly three minutes after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini International Airport. Ukraine’s Iranian embassy suggested the plane crashed “as a result of a technical malfunction of an engine” but it has since been taken down.
Aviation expert Paul Charles has explained his surprise as the cause of the crash came out just hours later.
Mr Charles told talkRADIO: “There are a number of questions here, at least for Boeing around the safety culture which is ongoing since the 737 Max emerged after the first crash of course.
“There will be concerns as to how fast the airline said in the morning there were engine malfunctions.
“It seems to me very quick to come out with that statement, I’m very surprised.
“The crash only happened a few hours ago and it seems very quick to have come to that conclusion.
“I’m surprised they have made that statement about it being an engine malfunction.”
An investigation is currently underway for the reasoning of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane.
Iranian Fars News Agency said the plane suffered technical problems then went down after takeoff from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran.
It is unclear whether the crash is related to the escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
The crash comes not long after the news that Iran had fired missiles at a US base in Iraq as retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani.
Missles have struck multiple locations in Iraq where the US military are reportedly based.
In response to the attack, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to address this latest development.
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President Trump said: “All is well!
“Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq.
“Assessment of casualties and damages taking place now.
“I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”
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