Multiple reports have confirmed that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 which crashed on Wednesday, 8th January 2020, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile belonging to Iran.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Thursday, said that the Canadian intelligence had come to the conclusion that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.
Nonetheless, Trudeau, during a news conference held in Ottawa said that the Iranian missile may have shot down Boeing 737 unintentionally, killing all 176 on board, including 63 Canadians.
Trudeau’s comment on the crash came after a video emerged online on Thursday, showing on what appears to be a missile fired in Tehran and striking an object in the sky, around the same time that Boeing 737 crashed.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the UK, also confirmed that his country’s intelligence service had come to the same conclusion.
“We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation,” Boris said.
Four British citizens died in the crash.
US President, Donald Trump, during a White House event, said that he suspected that the crash was not due to mechanical issues, and indicated that “somebody could have made a mistake on the other side.”
Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority has however refuted the claims that Iran shot down Boeing 737, citing that if a plane is hit by a missile it will free fall and not try to turn back to the airport.
The Iranian civil authority has reported that it has recovered the plane’s black box and that they are working on how to decode the black box, even though they are damaged.
According to the head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority, Ali Abedzadeh, Ukrainian Aviation experts arrived in Tehran to start decoding the data and if the available equipment is not enough to get the content, Iran would outsource the boxes to the experts from France or Canada.