U.S. and Canadian Officials Saying Iran Missile Shot Down Ukrainian Plane

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Ukrainian International Airlines’ Boeing 737 went down in a fiery crash killing 176 people just after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. Today, U.S. officials are saying it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile was to blame for the tragedy. President Trump dismissed Iran’s initial claim pointing to a mechanical issue and said “somebody could have made a mistake on the other side” as the plane was flying in a “pretty rough neighborhood.”

According to the Associated Press, although U.S. officials didn’t release intelligence details, “they acknowledged the existence of satellites and other sensors in the region, as well as the likelihood of communication interceptions and other similar intelligence.” A senior Pentagon official told Fox News earlier today that the Iranian anti-aircraft missile shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane “by mistake.” Reportedly, “officials said U.S. intelligence increasingly points at the airliner being accidentally struck by a Russian-made missile, killing all 176 people on board the flight.”

Of the 176 passengers, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 138 of them were on their way to Canada, and at least 63 of the passengers were Canadian. Just moments ago, Trudeau confirmed what United States officials have said, that in fact the plane was taken down by Iran. Speaking just moments ago, Trudeau stated, “I have intelligence from multiple sources, including allies” and the “evidence indicates the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile.” Trudeau continued, “this may have been unintentional” but that the new intelligence “reinforces the need for an investigation into this matter.”