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Airplane carrying 176 passengers and crew crashes in Tehran, Iranian state TV reports

TV report says crash is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim of a Ukrainian plane crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim of a Ukrainian plane crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian state TV is reporting a Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people has crashed near an airport in the capital, Tehran.

There is no immediate word on casualties. The state TV report says the crash Wednesday morning is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues.

A civil aviation spokesman says an investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.