Daily US Times: A video evidence shows a missile fired into Tehran sky early Wednesday morning, and striking an object around the time of a Ukranian airliner crashed shortly after takeoff.
US media CNN got the video but can not verify it. But the buildings seen in the video are similar to ones that are in the Iranian capital suburb of Parand, where the plane crashed.
Growing numbers of Western leaders speculate that Iranian missile shot down the plane, possibly in error.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he believes Iranian missiles caused the crash of the plane where 63 Canadian were onboard.
The UK and Canada’s leaders called for a full thorough investigation into the crash.
The crash, which killed all 176 people onboard, came just hours after Iran attacked two US bases in Iraq will missiles.
Several US media speculated that Tehran’s air defense system mistakenly identified the Ukrainian flight as a US fighter jet and automatically fired missiles towards it. The time of the incident was so important to consider. Iran just hit US bases and bracing for possible US retaliation at that time.
But Iran denied any missile strike by its air defenses.
Multiple US media reported quoting US intelligence as saying a satellite detected infrared “blips” of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion. Another US intelligence source said the plane was by a Russian-made Tor missile.
US President Donald Trump said he had ”suspicions” about the crash.
Iran and the US are passing highly tensed time following the killing of Qasem Soleimani. The top Irani General was killed by the US last Friday, and Iran strikes back to the US bases in Iraq on Wednesday.
Amid this tension between the countries, Iran denied to hand over the plane’s black-boxes to the US or the plane’s manufacturing company Boeing, which is also a US company.
But Iran later invited Boeing and US National Transportation Safety Board to join the investigation. Iran also invited the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to crash site in Iran.
Crash unlikely due to “error”: Airline
The Ukrainian International Airline said the crash that took place on Wednesday in Tehran was unlikely due to “error”.
Vice President of the airline company said in a statement that the crews of the flight were highly experienced.
“Tehran airport is anything but a simple one. Therefore, for several years UIA has been using this airport to conduct training on Boeing 737 aircraft aimed at evaluating pilots’ proficiency and ability to act in emergency cases.”
“According to our records, the aircraft ascended as high as 2,400 meters. Given the crew’s experience, error probability is minimal. We do not even consider such a chance”, his statement adds.
The Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashed just after takeoff from Tehran’s airport. Flight data shows it was climbing normally before reaching nearly 2,400m. After reaching that height, the plane simply disappears from radar.
Flight PS752 was supposed to go Kyiv. Most of the passengers were from Iran and Canada.
There is still no evidence of the crash linked with current Iran-US tensions.
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