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Iran Shot Down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752: What We Know

By: Jackson Carter

· Global Affairs

lranian State Television networks announced early Saturday (local time) that Iran was responsible for shooting down the Ukrainian airliner that made headlines after being shot down early this week. The crash, which resulted in the deaths of all 176 souls aboard the flight, mysteriously crashed moments after lifting-off from Tehran. The flight did not send any distress signals during the incident.

According to the New York Times, “The Boeing 737-800 was struck by a Russian-built Tor M-1 surface-to-air missile, known to NATO as the SA-15 Gauntlet, Newsweek reported, citing a Pentagon official, a senior US intelligence official and an Iraqi intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
While details surrounding the incident are still at the center of mass confusion, we do know a few very important things about the flight and Iran’s involvement:
- The flight was shot down on the same day that Iran launched multiple surface-to-surface missiles at Al-Assad air base in Iraq and other targets know to house U.S. troops.
- Immediately after reports became public that the plane had gone down, Iranian State Television networks said the plane had gone down due to complications and engine failure.
- When day broke in Tehran on Wednesday, crews representing multiple countries took to the field investigating the crash.
- The United States and United Kingdom, which both played major roles in the investigation, were the first to suspect foul play.
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday in a press conference that, “We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down…”
- According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, “As of now we don’t have access to this [info on black boxes] but Iran are co-operating as of now…and then we will be able to extract and analyze it…”
- No Americans were killed in the crash.
- According to BBC, “Of the 176 people on board, 15 were children. Among the victims were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians including all nine crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Britons and three Germans.”

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