“Our sincere condolences to the families and beloved ones of the victims in plane crash in Iran. According to the decision of the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine (SAAU), Ukrainian air carriers are banned from flying in Iranian airspace starting January 9 until the causes of the tragedy are clarified. The SAAU will conduct an unscheduled inspection of the safety of Ukraine International Airlines (UAI) flights. Additional checks on the safety of flights of other airlines will also be carried out“, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii stated.
The Infrastructure Minister informed that according to preliminary data, 167 passengers and 9 crew members were registered for the Tehran-Kyiv flight. 11 Ukrainians, including 9 crew members and 2 passengers. Most of the passengers were Iranian, Canadian, Swedish, Afghan, German and UK citizens. Psychologists and doctors have been working at the airport of Boryspil to provide necessary assistance to the families of the dead.
“The causes of the plane crash will be thoroughly investigated. The Iranian national commission to investigate the crash has begun its work.The Ukrainian ambassador and consul are working closely with the Iranian aviation authorities to expeditiously investigate the causes of the crash and the repatriation of the bodies of the killed Ukrainians. A search assistance team and experts will be sent to Iran to investigate the cause of crash. The causes of the tragedy will be unveiled only after carrying out official investigation”, Vladyslav Kryklii emphasized.
UIA has informed that Boeing 737-800 NG was new and had had last scheduled maintenance on January 6th.
The urgent information can be obtained at the Foreign Ministry hotline by phone +38 (044) 238 16 57.
Ukraine International Airlines hotline : 0 800 601 527, +38 (044) 581 50 19.