Canada PM Trudeau Says Evidence Indicates Iran Shot Down Ukraine Passenger Plane
Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was likely brought down by an Iranian missile, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said Thursday, January 9, citing intelligence from Canadian and other sources.
READ MORE: Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa that the destruction of the airliner “may well have been unintentional.” The flight was on its way to Kyiv from Tehran early Wednesday, with 63 Canadians among the passengers and crew.
U.S. President Donald Trump is publicly voicing suspicion that Iran may have accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner.
“Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side,” Trump said of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. “Some people say it was mechanical. Personally, I don’t think that’s even a question.”
Iranian officials have maintained the Boeing 737-800, at an altitude of 2,400 meters, suffered a catastrophic engine failure early Wednesday (local time). All 176 people on board the plane bound for Kyiv died, including 63 Canadians.
But government sources tell VOA that U.S. officials have examined satellite data and imagery leading them to believe the airliner, just after taking off from Tehran, was hit by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile after being targeted accidentally. (VOA/Reuters)