US military investigating reports of Afghanistan plane crash By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN
Updated 1416 GMT (2216 HKT) January 27, 2020
(CNN)The US military is investigating reports of a plane crash in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, a US official told CNN on Monday.
The official could not add any further details. Multiple reports have emerged of a plane crash in the region, which is largely controlled by the Taliban and lies to the southwest of the Afghan capital of Kabul.
A passenger plane carrying 170 people crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning, killing all on board, according to Iranian officials.
"An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced," spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh of the Iranian Aviation Organization said in a statement.
The crash occurred hours after Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military sites in what appeared to be retaliation for the recent American drone strike that killed one of its top generals.
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed his condolences in a statement.
"Our embassy is clarifying information around the circumstances of the tragedy and the list of the dead," Zelenskiy wrote. "My sincere condolences to friends and family of all passengers and members of the crew."
According to Flightradar24 data, the Boeing 737 aircraft departed Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport for Ukraine's capital of Kiev at 6:12 a.m. local time. The data dropped off just two minutes later.
Boeing has been under increased scrutiny since two Boeing 737 Max planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed a total of 346 people. The aircraft that crashed Wednesday is not a Max, but a 737 Next Gen -- an earlier model that has a generally strong safety record. The 737 Next Gen does not have the software investigators linked to the fatal 737 Max crashes.
“We are aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information," Boeing said in a statement Wednesday to ABC News.
ABC News' Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.