Nationalities of those on board Ukrainian airline released

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Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, said in a statement that those on board the plane included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons. “We express our condolences. The Ukrainian authorities continue to investigate,” Prystaiko said.

A passenger plane carrying 176 people bound for the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, has crashed a few minutes after taking off from Tehran’s main international airport.

Iran’s Red Crescent has said there was no chance of finding survivors, and Pir Hossein Kulivand, an Iranian emergency official, later told state TV all those on board were killed in the crash.

The Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines took off from Imam Khomeini international airport at 6.12am Tehran time on Wednesday and went down about 10 minutes later, according to flight tracking websites.

There were no early indications the crash was linked to Wednesday morning’s missile strikes on bases in Iraq hosting US and coalition troops.

Boeing released a brief statement saying it was aware of the media reports about the disaster and was gathering more information.

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