176 people dead after Ukrainian 737 crash

Aviation Updates Philippines – There were no survivors on-board the fatal crash of a Ukraine International Airlines (ICAO: AUI) Boeing 737-8KV(WL) [registered UR-PSR] on Wednesday morning, according to state-run network Press TV.
CRASH SITE. First photos of the aircraft crash site of flight PS-752 which shows the tailfin of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800. Photo from CNN News.
On-board the flight were 167 passengers of various nationalities and 9 crew members bringing the death toll to almost 180 people.

Flight PS-752 took off from Iran's Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (ICAO: OIIE) for Kyiv, Ukraine and lost altitude shortly after departing at around 6:12 am local time. According to The Aviation Herald, the Boeing 737 lost transponder signals at around 6:18 am local time while flying at around 8000 feet with a ground speed of 275 knots.

A video made rounds around the internet with sights of the alleged airborne aircraft losing altitude while ablaze before plummeting to the terrain. Although the amateur footage's authenticity cannot be verified yet, it is likely to be the aircraft being reported.

The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), another government-affiliated media outlet, reported that the crash was caused by technical reasons saying that the pilots lost control of the aircraft. It can be noted that this cause of the crash was given prematurely to the public as official investigations run for a few months or even years before the findings are released.

As of writing, there are no pieces of evidence that link the previous missile attacks launched by Iran earlier today with the crash of a Ukrainian 737-800.

For the past few days, there have been rising tensions between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America following the death of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani's 'assassination', as coined by Iran, prompted series of retaliation from the Middle Eastern country.

Just hours before the crash of PS-752, Iran launched dozens of missiles target at US military bases in Iraq as part of the country's retaliatory plans. The missiles hit at least six times at Al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province; however, an energetic and positive Donald Trump tweeted assurance of the bases' stability.