Skip to comments.Ukrainian jet that crashed in Tehran 'WAS hit by an Iranian missile in what was likely an accident, Pentagon and US intelligence officials say'
Posted on 01/09/2020 9:09:53 AM PST by dead
The Ukrainian Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran killing 176 people on Wednesday was shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system, Pentagon and US intelligence officials believe.
Three security officials said that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was struck by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system as it left Tehran on the way to Kiev, according to Newsweek.
Two of the officials said the aircraft was likely targeted by mistake by Iranian missile systems that were active on Wednesday night as Iran launched rockets at two US basis in Iraq, waiting for a possible counter-strike.
The plane, a Boeing 737-800 en route from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airpot to Kyiv's Boryspil International Airport, encountered a problem moments after takeoff before crashing.
Video showed the aircraft in flames in the air before coming down and bursting into flames a short distance from the city.
The US intelligence officials spoke out as Ukraine confirmed it is sending missile analysts to the site to investigate.
Downing Street also confirmed it is looking into 'very concerning' reports that the airliner was shot down by a missile.
Iranian investigators have insisted that the crash was an accident, but have refused to hand over the black box recorded to international investigators.
Some Iranian reports have claimed the black boxes were damaged, and parts of the recordings lost.
New footage shows the moment a burning Ukrainian passenger jet exploded into pieces yesterday - as Iran said the plane was trying to turn back after a technical fault but Ukraine sent missile specialists to inspect the wreckage.
The CCTV footage shows the burning jet plane lighting up a dark street as it approaches before it explodes in a huge fireball.
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It appears that the Iranian boys panicked. Itchy trigger finger.
So, in doing their “symbolic retaliation”, they shot themself in the foot.
This just gets better and better. I wonder how Canada feels about this.
Awesome display of high tech weapons...
Could have been a deliberate attempt to strike at the American economy by hurting Boeing, which has had its problems lately.
Let’s see if they stonewall and play “hide the salami” with the investigators.
No, the missile operators deliberately targeted the plane and fired in attack.
“Accident” would be somebody tripped and fell on the launch button.
Negligent in target identification (Rule 4: Know your target), yes.
It would appear the prudent thing to do would have been to divert all air traffic to/from Iran for a while when they launched their attack.
But what to I know?
Seems like a recurring theme when tensions with Iran heats up there is a massive mistake that shoots down an airliner.
- OR - maybe one or some of the passengers were defecting out of Iran, taking secrets or cash or gold with them (someone suggested on FR yesterday).
- OR - maybe some other reason made it NOT an accident.
Sad for the victims and their loved ones, but the incident would seem to reflect karma for Iran, IMHO.
Oh come on,who hasn’t had a missile go off while they were cleaning it and accidentally shoot down an airliner at 8000 feet?
Wonder who was on that flight...
Wonder who was on that flight...
I wonder how Canada feels about this.
They and their son of Castro, playboy PM have been really quiet on this disaster.
Trudeau is preparing personally for a covert op against Iran.
The Iranian Mullahs have some explaining to do. The corrupt Islamic dictatorship would screw up a wet dream as the old saying goes.
“”””I wonder how Canada feels about this.
They and their son of Castro, playboy PM have been really quiet on this disaster.””””””””””
They are trying to figure out how to impeach President Trump for it.
U.S. intelligence picked up signals of a radar being turned on, sources told CBS News. U.S. satellites also detected two surface-to-air missile launches, which happened shortly before the plane exploded, CBS News was told.
No, its just stupidity. Iran is just another 3rd world, Muslim ideological kleptocracy trying to manage the inherent chaos that is their government and country. They swing between arrogance and fear.
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