Thursday, January 9, 2020

US Officials Believe Ukrainian Plane Was 'Most Likely' Accidentally Shot Down by Iranian Air Defence

Boeing 737-800 crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran
A Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737-800 crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran International Airport, claiming the lives of 167 passengers and nine crew members. Iranian officials reported that the pilots did not report a malfunction, but witnesses claimed the jet was engulfed in fire prior to its crash.

Two unnamed US officials told AP that the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 Flight PS752 was "highly likely" downed by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile.

Reuters separately reported that US officials believe it was brought down "accidently".


  1. Crash d'un Boeing à Téhéran: des responsables américains pensent que l'Iran a abattu par erreur l'avion ukrainien

  2. Les chaînes de télévision CNN et CBS et le magazine Newsweek citent des responsables, sous couvert d'anonymat, qui sont convaincus que la défense anti-aérienne de Téhéran a abattu le vol PS752 d'UIA juste après son décollage.

  3. Ottawa called Thursday for its own experts be allowed to join the investigation into the crash of an airliner near Tehran that killed dozens of Canadian citizens of Iranian origin.

    In a rare phone call with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif late Wednesday, Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne called for Iran to allow Canadian investigators in to the country, the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement.

    "Minister Champagne stressed the need for Canadian officials to be quickly granted access to Iran to provide consular services, help with identification of the deceased and take part in the investigation of the crash," the statement said.

    Champagne told Zarif that "Canada and Canadians have many questions which will need to be answered."

    Such direct contact is rare since Canada broke off diplomatic ties in 2012 in protest at Tehran's support for the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.


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