UN chief offers condolences over plane crash in Iran

TEHRAN, Jan. 09 (MNA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the governments of all the countries whose nationals lost their lives in the Ukrainian Airlines plane crash.

“He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Governments of all the countries whose nationals lost their lives in this tragedy”, said the statement issued by his Spokesperson.

On Wednesday, a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines has crashed due to technical problems after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport with at least 170 passengers and crew, mostly Iranians, on board.

The airplane took off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport and was heading to Ukrainian capital city Kyiv.

According to the spokesperson of Iran’s aviation organization, the exact numbers of people on board were 167 passengers and nine crew members, including 70 men, 81 women, and 15 children.

He said that on board were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, which included two passengers and the nine crew. There were also 10 Swedish, four Afghan, three German and three British nationals, he said.

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