Thursday, 23 January, 2020

Iran shot down crashed Ukrainian plane by mistake -Pentagon sources


The Ukraine Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran killing 176 people on Wednesday was shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system, Pentagon officials have said in a report by Newsweek.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was struck by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system, the magazine reported, quoting three security officials.

Two of the officials said the aircraft was likely targeted by mistake by Iranian missile system as Iran awaited a possible counter-strike after sending rockets to two US bases in Iraq.

The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800, bound for Kiev.

It came down in a blaze just three minutes after take off, crashing in the outskirts of Iranian capital.

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Canadian officials said 138 of the 167 passengers took the plane to connect flights to Canada.

There were 63 Canadians on the plane and 82 Iranians, 10 Swedes, 3 Brits.

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