Just In: Missile Reportedly Crashes a Plane in Iran
One hundred and seventy-six people were killed onWednesday when Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s airport. The world is mourning the devastating loss which has been overwhelmingly felt in Canada. Those killed in the plane crash included dozens of students at Canadian Colleges and universities, newlyweds and families from across Canada.
- As US and Canadian officials said on Thursday that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed outside Tehran likely because it was shot down, a video emerged on social media and messaging apps appearing to show the moment a missile struck the plane.
- The plane, which was bound for Kyiv, crashed minutes after taking off early Wednesday, shortly after Iran fired a barrage of missiles at US forces in Iraq. US officials have said they think the plane was shot down by mistake, as Iranian defense systems were likely active at the time.
The video was verified by a New York Times investigation team on Thursday.
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 had just departed from the Iranian capital, bound for Kyiv. It crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 176 people on board, including 63 Canadians.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said that intelligence from “multiple sources” indicated the plane was shot down.
Pentagon officials told Newsweek that it was probably an accident, as Iranian defense systems were likely active at the time.
The Times said the video appeared to show the missile hitting the plane above Parand, Iran, where the signal from the plane’s transponder was last received.
There was a small explosion, but the plane remained flying for several minutes, The Times reported. That was consistent with statements from Iranian officials that the plane had tried to return to the airport before crashing.
The crash occurred shortly after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at US forces in Iraq in response to a US airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
Iranian officials initially said the crash appeared to be due to a mechanical problem.