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Three Britons and 63 Canadians are among 176 people killed when Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 crashes in Tehran hours after Iranian attack on US missile bases

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Three Britons and 63 Canadians were among 177 people killed on a Ukrainian passenger plane which crashed near Tehran today, Ukraine has revealed – as officials in Iran asserted that it had suffered a technical failure rather than being shot down. 

The Boeing 737 jet came down just three minutes after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, sparking fresh alarm in the region just hours after Iran launched a missile attack on US bases in Iraq.  

There were no survivors among the 168 passengers and nine crew, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said.  

Video footage tweeted by the BBC’s Iran correspondent, Ali Hashem, appeared to show the plane already burning in the sky before it crashed in a massive explosion.  

It sparked speculation that the jet could have been shot down accidentally, with Middle East tensions spiralling after general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike.   

However, the Ukrainian embassy in Tehran reported that the crash had been caused by an engine failure rather than terrorism or a missile attack. 

Iranian officials said the pilot had lost control of the Boeing jet after a fire struck one of the plane’s engines, but said the crew had not reported an emergency and did not say what caused the fire.  

The plane was less than four years old and had been checked just two days earlier, a Ukrainian airline official said.  

The Ukrainian foreign ministry later revealed there were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and three Britons on flight PS752, along with 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans and four Germans.  

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People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 177 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport

People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 177 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport

Rescue workers in protective suits gather up the bodies of passengers who were killed in the Boeing 737 crash in Iran today
Rescue workers in protective suits gather up the bodies of passengers who were killed in the Boeing 737 crash in Iran today 
Pieces of debris are seen lying at the crash site in a picture released by an Iranian news agency today
Pieces of debris are seen lying at the crash site in a picture released by an Iranian news agency today Video allegedly shows Ukrainian airplane crashing in Tehran
In unverified video it appeared to be on fire before it fell into a farm field
The video appears to show Ukrainian flight no. PS 752 falling
Unverified video appeared to show Ukrainian  plane ablaze as it falls from the sky before crashing huge fireball
A fleet of search and rescue workers at the crash site today after a Boeing 737 crashed near Tehran, sparking fresh alarm in the Middle East
A fleet of search and rescue workers at the crash site today after a Boeing 737 crashed near Tehran, sparking fresh alarm in the Middle East 
Debris at the crash site included English-language books, amid reports that Canadians and Britons were killed in the crash
Debris at the crash site included English-language books, amid reports that Canadians and Britons were killed in the crash
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Iranian state media reported the Kiev-bound Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 - Boeing 737 -crashed in the early hours of Wednesday morning just three minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 167 passengers and nine crew on board
Iranian state media reported the Kiev-bound Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 – Boeing 737 -crashed in the early hours of Wednesday morning just three minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 167 passengers and nine crew on board
Part of the wreckage from Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, a Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport on January 8

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