Jan 10 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday said there were serious indications that an Iranian surface-to-air missile had hit the Ukrainian airliner which crash after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday.
All 176 on board the ill-fated Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, including 63 Canadians were killed.
Trudeau’s comments came as a video went viral on social media that show the moment the airliner was hit by what appeared to be a missile.
The video shows a fast-moving object rising into the sky before an explosion is heard.
Trudeau said multiple intelligence information from several countries as well as that of Canada pointed that the plane appeared to have been hit by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that evidence collected so far suggested that an unintentional missile strike as being the cause of the plane crash.
US President Donald Trump also indicated that the Kiev-bound Boeing 737 was struck by one or more Iranian missiles.
Iran has yesterday notified the US National Transportation Safety Board of the crash and invited its representatives as well as that of Boeing to join the probe.
Iranian Civil Aviation Organization had said that the plane crashed with no radio message from the pilot to indicate distress.
It was carrying 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.
The disaster unfolded just hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles towards military bases in Iraq housing US troops in retaliation for the drone strike in Baghdad on Jan 3 that killed a top Iranian general.
Responding to the latest development , the Iranian government said the missile strike scenario made no sense as several internal and international flights had been sharing approximately the same airspace with the crashed airliner.
It has asked the Canadian government to share its information following Trudeau’s remark on the matter.
Canada’s transportation safety board was also yesterday invited by their Iranian counterparts to join the probe and it has confirm its participation.
Ukraine, on its part has called for United Nations support for the investigation, and sent 45 crash investigators to Iran for it.
Iran’s civil aviation organization head and deputy transport minister Ali Abedzadeh said local investigators and their Ukrainian counterparts were “downloading information” from the aircraft’s black boxes retrieved from the crash site.