(CNSNews.com) – A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 180 passengers and crew crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport on Wednesday morning.
Iranian state media outlets said the crash occurred due to technical problems, and that there were no survivors.
Hours earlier, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued “notices to airmen” (NOTAMs) advising U.S. air operators of prohibitions on flying over Iranian and Iraqi airspace and the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
It did so after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired “at least a dozen” ballistic missiles from Iranian territory at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. forces are stationed.
“The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East,” it said. “We continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.”
The air traffic monitor Flight Radar said the FAA prohibitions would affect very few U.S. carriers but “the impact could be significant if other countries issue similar NOTAMs for their air carriers or especially if other airlines decide to reroute around Iraq and Iran regardless of NOTAM.”
Flight Radar reported that a number of flights were being diverted or rerouted to avoid the affected airspace.
According to the Pentagon, the Iranian missile barrage took place around 5:30 PM EST, or 2:00 AM in Tehran.
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, a Boeing 737 service from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport to Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv, was scheduled to leave Tehran at 5:15 AM local time, but took off at 6:08 AM.
The flight data stopped over Parand, a suburb southwest of Tehran, about seven minutes later.