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B-737 plane crash (3): Ukraine suspends flights over Iran

From tomorrow, waiting for the causes of the crash to be clarified -VIDEO

"Pending to find out the causes of this tragedy, we have decided to stop the activity of Ukrainian carriers in the Iranian airspace. As soon as we have answers, the decision will obviously be reconsidered": with these words the Ukrainian Prime Minister Aleksev Goncharuk informed this morning about the decision to suspend all connections to Iran. A measure -which will be implemented from January 9- decided immediatly after the crash of the Boeing B-737/800 of Ukraine Airlines, flight PS752, crashed today shortly after take-off from the "Imam Khomeini" international airport of Tehran headed to Kiev. In the tragedy all 176 people on board died (167 passengers and nine crewmembers from Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Afghanistan).

The premier also informed that Kiev is making arrangements with the Iranian counterpart for a plane with Ukrainian experts and technicians to take off for Tehran to allow them to actively participate in the investigation, in accordance with international civil aviation law.

While there are already those who make the first hypotheses, citing a technical failure or a bomb on board among the causes of the plane crash, the Vatican, in the person of the State secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has sent a telegram to the Iranian authorities in which Pope Francis expressed deep condolences for the victims of the tragedy: "Pope Francesco expresses condolences to the families and friends of the victims. For all those who are suffering from this tragedy, His Holiness appeals to God's blessings for power and peace", is read.

Below, images from the crash site:

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency