Officials Say Iran Shot Down Ukraine Airlines Flight

By Anna Breuer on 9 January 2020
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U.S. officials along with the prime ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom now say that the Ukraine International Airlines plane that crashed Wednesday morning was shot down by Iran, possibly accidentally.

“There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian Surface to Air Missile.,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement, adding that it may have been fired unintentionally.

“We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said to reporters on Thursday.  “The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.”

Iranian officials blamed the crash on a “technical” problem shortly after the incident took place.

“The engine had caught fire, said Qassim Biniaz, an official at the Iranian Ministry of Roads and Transport.  “If the reason of the crash was missile, then it would explode in the sky. But the fire was in the plane engine and the pilot’s attempt to control the plane was unsuccessful.”

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed Iran’s claim that there was a mechanical issue with the aircraft.

“Somebody could have made a mistaken on the other side,” the president said to reporters, noting that the plane was flying in a “pretty rough neighborhood.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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