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Last updated: 17 February 2020
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Date:Wednesday 8 January 2020
Time:06:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8KV (WL)
Operator:Ukraine International Airlines
Registration: UR-PSR
C/n / msn: 38124/5977
First flight: 2016-06-21 (3 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B24E
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 167 / Occupants: 167
Total:Fatalities: 176 / Occupants: 176
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Sabashahr (   Iran)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tehran-Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA/OIIE), Iran
Destination airport:Kiev-Borispol Airport (KBP/UKBB), Ukraine
Flightnumber:PS752
Narrative:
Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, a Boeing 737-800, crashed near Sabashahr, 7 minutes after takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, Iran. Al 167 passengers and nine crew members on board were killed.
The aircraft had landed on schedule at 00:57 hours local time at Tehran. The return leg back to Kiev was due to depart at 05:15 local time (01:45 UTC).
At 05:49 the doors were closed and the aircraft was ready to depart. The controller coordinated with Mehrabad Radar and issued clearance to start the engines.
The aircraft then taxied to runway 29R and commenced the takeoff roll at 06:11. After takeoff the flight contacted Mehrabad Radar and was cleared to climb to FL260 and turn right after reaching 6000 feet, heading direct to the PAROT reporting point.
At 8100 feet at a position about 20 km west-northwest of the airport the radar controller noticed that the aircraft id and altitude data tags had disappeared. At 06:15 the aircraft was no longer visible on the Secondary surveillance radar (SSR).
Mehrabad's Primary surveillance radar (PSR) tracked the flight to the right, possibly towards the airport. The aircraft continued and after about three minutes of flight, disappeared from the primary radar as well.

The aircraft crashed near Sabashahr, 15 km north of the airport. It desintegrated completely and wreckage was strewn along a 300 m long path.
Iran stated on January 11 that the aircraft was shot down by two surface to air missiles due to 'human error'. Hours before the shootdown, Iran had attacked U.S. bases in Iraq.
Preliminary information released by CAO Iran states that the two missiles were fired from a Tor-M1 missile system (which is known to carry 9M331 missiles).
A video of the launch of these missiles, verified by The New York Times, shows the first missile impacting the aircraft seventeen second after launch. Fourteen seconds after the impact, a second missile was fired that exploded ten seconds later.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB Iran
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report

Sources:
» Ukraine Flight 752: New Video Shows First Missile Hit Plane (NY Times, 14 Jan. 2020)

METAR Weather report:
02:44 UTC / local time:
OIIE 080200Z 28006KT CAVOK M01 / M04 Q1021


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accident date: 08-01-2020
type: Boeing 737-8KV (WL)
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accident date: 08-01-2020
type: Boeing 737-8KV (WL)
registration: UR-PSR
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accident date: 08-01-2020
type: Boeing 737-8KV (WL)
registration: UR-PSR
 

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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tehran-Imam Khomeini International Airport to Kiev-Borispol Airport as the crow flies is 2311 km (1444 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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