Ukrainian flight did not declare emergency before crash: Iranian media

People check the debris from a plane crash belonging to Ukraine International Airlines after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Ukrainian airliner with 176 aboard that crashed in Iran on Wednesday did not declare an emergency, Iranian media said, quoting an official of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization.

The comments were made by Hassan Rezaeifar, the general director of the body’s panel to investigate aircraft accidents.

Foreigners accounted for 32 of those on board, state television said.

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport due to technical problems, killing all on board, state media said.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Clarence Fernandez