Ukrainian Plane Crash

Hailey Wabbersen

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Hailey Wabbersen

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Journalism

January 10, 2020

Ukrainian Plane Crash

Early Wednesday morning, a Ukrainian plane took off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran with 176 passengers aboard. According to the Washington post, thirteen of the passengers were younger than 10 and the other passengers were born in 1990 or after. This tragedy was caused from unknown reasons but shortly after the crash, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that he would open an investigation regarding the death of the 176 passengers. There were speculations of possible engine failure, but the crew did not seem to have enough time to call out for help or try to contact the airport. Ukraine’s embassy also made allegations toward Iran for possible terrorism but it was deleted.

This catastrophe could not have happened at a worse time since Iran is already feuding with the United States. Iran were firing more than a dozen missiles targeting U.S troops four hours before the plane went down. According to the New York Times, the Ukrainian president is reaching out to ally countries, such as the United States for evidence regarding the catastrophe and the cause.

“President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine is set to speak with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday after issuing a request that the United States and other Western countries release the evidence that a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff in Iran had been shot down.”, New York Times.

As the investigation proceeds, the family and friends of the loved ones have set up a memorial at the Boryspil airport that is full of flowers and a place of mourning. The victims’ families and countries are fighting for answers and are desperately working to bring justice to them.