WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A new video that surfaced online reportedly captured the moment a missile hit the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran on Wednesday.
- The video, which was verified by The New York Times on Thursday, seems to support the belief of US and Canadian officials that the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was likely shot down.
- US officials believe that the plane was likely shot down by mistake by Iranian defense forces.
A video that recently circulated online reportedly captured the moment a missile hit the Ukrainian plane that crashed near the airport in Tehran early Wednesday.
The investigators of The New York Times verified the video on Thursday.
It was only minutes after takeoff when the Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed near the Iranian capital. The crash killed all 176 people on board, including 63 Canadians.
On Thursday, US officials surmised that the plane was most likely shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also stated that intelligence reports from “multiple sources” showed that the plane was shot down.
Pentagon officials told Newsweek that the plane was likely shot down by mistake by active Iranian defense systems.
The crash took place shortly after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at US forces in Iraq as retaliation for the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
According to the Times report, the video appeared to show the missile hitting the plane above Parand, Iran — which is where the signal from the plane’s transponder was last received.
The Times noted a small explosion, after which the plane continued flying for several minutes. The observation seemed to support statements from Iranian officials that the plane had tried to return to the airport before it crashed.
Iranian officials had previously stated that a mechanical problem likely caused the crash.
Source: Business Insider