Flag-draped coffins of the 11 Ukrainians who died in a plane mistakenly shot down by Iran are covered with flowers by Ukraine International Airlines staff and close ones. The Kiev-bound UIA Boeing 737 crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on 8 January, killing all 176 people on board, mostly Iranian and Canadian citizens.
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A Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 had suffered an engine malfunction before it went down a few minutes after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, its official has said.
The airliner, operated by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), carried 167 passengers and nine crew, most of whom were Iranians, according to Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization.
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