Video footage appears to show the moment a missile hit a Ukrainian airliner over Iran, eventually resulting in a crash that killed all 176 people on board.
Recent developments in the case suggest it was an Iranian missile that took down the aircraft, likely accidentally.
“There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian Surface to Air Missile,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
“This may well have been unintentional. We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation,” he added.
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 caught fire shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday and later crashed.
CNN reported that it was unable to immediately “verify the authenticity of the video, but the buildings seen in it appears similar to ones that are in the Iranian capitol suburb of Parand.”
“The Ukrainian plane crashed just north of the suburb,” the outlet added.
The Times, however, reported that it had verified the authenticity of the video.
“A small explosion occurred when a missile hit the plane, but the plane did not explode, the video showed,” according to the newspaper.
“The jet continued flying for several minutes and turned back toward the airport, The Times has determined.”
“The plane flew toward the airport ablaze before it exploded and crashed quickly, other videos verified by The Times showed.”
The Iranian government has already been caught changing its story on what exactly happened.
Iranian officials originally blamed a technical issue with the plane.
They then said the aircraft tried to turn around after takeoff.
Photos posted to social media, meanwhile, appear to show missile remains near the aircraft’s final flight path.
Second image (right) of Tor anti-aircraft missile debris, supposedly from near the #PS752 crash site. Still unverified, and still going to be very hard to geolocate it based on what’s visible in the image. h/t @Liberalist_30 pic.twitter.com/TQNRp6hopj
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) January 9, 2020
Iran likely downed a #Ukrainian Boeing 737 near #Tehran last night by mistake when their air defense was on alert for US airstrikes. Video of plane burning in the sky, bullet or shrapnel holes in the plane, 176 killed. #Iran refuses to turn over the black box flight recorder… pic.twitter.com/GDaa8eK6Qz
— Matthew VanDyke (@Matt_VanDyke) January 8, 2020
A U.S. official told CNN the Ukrainian jet was shot down by Russian-made surface-to-air missiles.
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