A Boeing passenger jet crashed in Iran early on January 8, hours after Tehran had launched a barrage of missiles at bases housing American troops in Iraq, in retaliation for the killing of commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike.

All 176 onboard the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 — mainly Iranian-Canadian dual nationals but also Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons, and Swedes — were killed.

Speculation immediately emerged that the juxtaposition of the timing of the Iranian reprisals against the United States and the plane crash was no coincidence.

PS752 was operated by a Boeing 737-800 (not MAX) registered UR-PSR. The aircraft was delivered new to Ukrainian Airlines in 2016. It is powered by two CFM56 engines.

The Boeing 737-800NG for UIA’s flight PS752 between Tehran and Kiev took off from Imam Khomeini International Airport at 6:12 am local time.

There was no distress message from the pilot but it had begun to turn back for the airport, according to the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, before crashing at 6:18 am.

The aircraft slammed into the ground near Sabashahr in the outskirts of Tehran, its report said.

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