Iran plane crash: Three Brits feared dead after Ukrainian Airlines jet crashes

Three Brits are feared among 176 people killed after a plane crashed 12 minutes after take-off in Iran.

Local media is reporting that British citizens were on board the Boeing 737 jet which suffered an engine fire before the horror crash.

However, the Foreign Office says it has not yet received any reports of British casualties.

Kyiv outlet Obozrevatel claimed among the other victims are 73 Canadian citizens, 71 Iranians, six Afghans, 11 Ukrainians citizens, eight from Sweden, and four Germans.

The Canadians were mainly students, according to the news source. 

It is believed they were mainly of Iranian origin and returning for their studies. 

Search and rescue workers at the scene (Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The breakdown of the passenger list had not been confirmed by official sources.

The head of the Emergencies Department of Iran is also reported as saying there were 179 passengers and crew on board, including 147 Iranians and 32 foreigners.

It is believed a number of the passengers may have had dual-citizenship. 

Ukraine International Airlines said 168 tickets were bought but they are in the process of checking who actually boarded. There were nine crew members.

Iranian soldiers stand guard next to the wreckage (Image: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH/EPA-EFE/REX)

According to air tracking service FlightRadar24, the plane that crashed was Flight PS 752 and was flying to Kiev.

The plane was three years old.

The Ukrainian embassy in Iran said: “According to preliminary data the plane crashed due to engine failure for technical reasons. 

“As of now versions of terrorist attack or missile attack are ruled out.”

However, other sources have alleged the plane could have accidentally been shot down amid tensions between the country and the US.

The black boxes are also reported to have been found.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said: “My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew.”

Iranian media quoted an aviation official as saying the pilot of the airliner did not declare an emergency.

Part of the wreckage from Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 (Image: via REUTERS)

Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services added: “The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site.”

Television footage showed debris and smouldering engine parts strewn across a field, and rescue workers with face masks retrieving bodies of the victims.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said “all is well” as he confirmed two US bases in Iraq have been attacked by Iran.

Everyone on board died (Image: ISNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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