'Arguing where to put gifts': Ukrainian spoke about the passengers of the fateful flight from Tehran
Ukrainian, who was at Tehran’s airport on January 8, says she saw the queue for UIA flight 752 to Kiev, and said, “Voice of America»Details of his stay at the airport, and what happened to flights of other airlines at this time.
The interlocutor lives in London, married to an Iranian. The publication only publishes an audio of her story because of concerns of members of her family in Iran. Voice of America checked the woman’s identity, the fact that she was at Tehran Airport at that time, and the basic facts that she spoke about. Also, the publication was the initiator of this interview.
“We flew out of Tehran, returning from vacation. In Tehran, we boarded a plane to fly home with a transfer. And next to us was a flight to Kiev. We had the opportunity to fly on it, because our ticket was canceled a few hours before the flight.
None of the flights were canceled. The situation was calm. All flights departed on schedule. Right in front of us flew a flight to Doha, Qatar. Then our flight to Istanbul. And the next flight - to Kiev. That is, there was no emergency. Just went through a normal landing and departure of aircraft. We flew from the international terminal, at the same airport there is an internal terminal. And we saw that planes constantly take off and land.
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And we paid attention to the flight to Kiev, I wonder who is flying on it. In general, we discussed - here we could take a ticket for it and now we would have already flown out. And then, when we had already passed passport control, we waited together. The boarding gate was also nearby. And flights departed practically at the same time. That is, we flew a few minutes earlier. And then, upon arrival at our transfer city, we open the news - and it’s just shocked that this happened.
In general, the sensations are very, very strange. I don’t even know how to describe. It seems we are not involved in this. But we were there with these people. Not that we would communicate with them, but we were all together at the airport. And the flight to Kiev. I'm from Ukraine. We flew this flight ...
For me, when I am there, this is a completely safe space. Like any other international airport. While there, we did not know that at the same time, or a couple of hours before, some actions were taking place in Iraq. It’s like ... Well, people, of course, discuss the news, but in the usual mode.
Our airline canceled our flight regardless of it. Other flights have not been canceled. Scheduled all flights to this within an hour, how much we were there before the departure gate. And everything went as usual, nothing was canceled, no additional security system.
There was none of this. That is, this is the normal functioning of the airport, as far as we have seen. We did not notice anything unusual. And there were no cancellations of any flights - and a check-in, that is, check-in for the flight. And landing on our flight, and before that, and, apparently, after that. On the Ukrainian flight, it took place as usual.
I stood nearby. Check-in took place ... Here are two flights nearby. And of course, I watched. I watched because we stood in line together, watched because I was interested to see which people from Ukraine are flying, who is flying home. Mostly Iranian families.
And here is one family that I watched ... I still have it before my eyes. As a husband and wife they discuss and cannot agree on where to put gifts. Where to put nuts, sweets. And this couple just doesn’t get out of my head. They have 5 suitcases there, a bunch of things, these gifts, they are annoyed that they need to register, and they just can’t pack it all.
And then I fly in, open the news in the next city - and just in shock. I can’t even imagine ... My husband shows me the first article about the accident and tells me: you see how short life is. You just need to appreciate life, enjoy every moment. And do not waste your life on some trifle. And this, it seems to me, will remain with me for life. "
ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- Boeing-737 "Ukraine International Airlines" crashed January 8, a few minutes after departure from Tehran airport. All 176 people on board died - 167 passengers and nine crew members.
- Victim crash near Tehran (Iran) plane of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) before the fall, made a U-turn and tried to return to the departure airport, the Iranian Civil Aviation Administration said in a preliminary report.
- The crash occurred against the backdrop of a difficult political situation. The same day earlier, Iran fired rockets at military bases in Iraq, where the US military was located. This was done in response to the killing by Americans of a senior Iranian military commander, Kassem Suleimani, a few days before.
- On January 9, a Ukrainian official stated that the country sees Russia's missile strike as one of several possible reasons crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane.
- As stated in a statement by the Iranian General Staff, a few hours after Iran’s missile attacks on US military bases, the number of flights of US military aircraft increased significantly, and "this circumstance caused increased sensitivity among the air defense units."
- US President Donald Trump said that doubts that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashed in Iran crashed due to technical problems. He was supported by the prime ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom. However, until saturday Iran these charges rejected and insisted that the most likely cause of the disaster was a technical malfunction.
- Life stories of Ukrainians who died in a plane crash in Iran, read in our material.
- January 11, Iranian authorities statedthat a Boeing of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flew close to the war zone and was unintentionally shot down. The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the air defense system operator took the plane for a cruise missile and shot it down, failing to contact the command
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