Canada, United States And Britain Blame Iran For Ukraine Jetliner Crash, Iran Denies
Several intelligence agencies believe that Iran shot down a Ukrainian jetliner as it was attacking American military bases in retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Canadians Blame Iran
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference on Thursday that he believes Ukraine Airlines flight PS752 was shot down by Iranian missiles.
Recording of the alleged Ukrainian plain crash in Iran.
Assumptions are that it was brought down by Iranian missile probably a mistake. pic.twitter.com/utQYEvKIea
— Daniel Sadeh (@SadehDaniel) January 8, 2020
The plane crashed shortly after taking off on Tuesday during an Iranian bombing campaign against American targets.
“We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional,” the Canadian prime minister said.
When asked if he believed the jet could have been intentionally shot at by the Iranians he did not rule it out.
“It is really too early to draw any conclusions,” he said. “The families of the victims and all Canadians want answers. I want answers. That means closure, accountability, and justice. We will not rest until we get that,”
Reports have stated that 63 passengers aboard the doomed flight had Canadian passports. Others on the flight were living in Canada on visas or as permanent residents.
United States And Britain Blame Iran
American intelligence officials believe that the Iranians mistakenly hit the plane with one of their Russian made missiles.
“We have a high level of confidence that this was shot down by Iran,” one official said of the tragedy, The Wall Street Journal reported.
At a press conference on Thursday President Donald Trump said he had his suspicions about what caused the crash but did not place blame.
“It was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood,” the president said. “Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a statement on the crash on which four British nationals lost their lives.
“There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian Surface to Air Missile. This may well have been unintentional,” he said.
“We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation,” he said.
The Ukraine did not go as far as to blame Iran but did say that they theory that the plane was hit with a missile is among one of the scenarios it is considering.
“A strike by a missile, possibly a Tor missile system, is among the main (theories), as information has surfaced on the internet about elements of a missile being found near the site of the crash,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council, said.
Iran Denies The Charges
Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, said that the idea that the plane was hit with a missile did not make sense.
“Scientifically, it is impossible that a missile hit the Ukrainian plane, and such rumors are illogical,” Reuters reported.