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Iran Mistakenly Shot Down Ukrainian Passenger Plane That Crashed On Wednesday Near Tehran, US Media Report

08 January 2020, Iran, Shahedshahr: Rescue workers search the scene, where a Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran airport, killing all onboard. Photo: Foad Ashtari/dpa (Photo by Foad Ashtari/picture alliance via Getty Images)

US officials say they believe the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was hit by a missile, CBS says.

Ukraine earlier said it was examining whether a missile strike brought down the aircraft – but Iran ruled this out.

The crash came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.

The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash.” CBS News quoted US intelligence sources as saying a satellite detected infrared “blips” of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion.


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