UPDATED: Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes in Iran, no indication of any survivors

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A Boeing 737 crashed in Iran with Iranian state media claims that this was due to a technical issue.

An Iran emergency official told state television that crash killed all onboard. Iranian state TV reported that the plane was carrying at least 170 people.

The Ukrainian airliner  crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday shortly after take off and hours after an Iranian missile strike on US Bases in Iraq.

According to the Iranian media, the Boeing 737 jet crashed near Parand, a suburb of capital Tehran shortly after take-off.

“After taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” Jafarzadeh said. “An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced.”

Pir Hossein Kulivand, an Iranian emergency official, later told state TV all those on board were killed in the crash. He said rescuers were trying to collect the dead.

State TV earlier said there were 180 passengers and crew aboard. The discrepancy could not be immediately reconciled.

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