(Liberty Bell) – Officials from the US, Canada, and the UK said on Thursday that new intelligence revealed the Iranian surface-to-air missile brought down a Ukranian passenger plane headed to Kyiv, Ukraine, killing 176 people.
And they implied that it was an “accident.”
“This may well have been unintentional,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference, requesting the Iranian government ensure a “thorough investigation” into the crash.
The plane, Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752, crashed Wednesday morning, just after the Islamic Republic launched missiles on bases in Iraq that host American and coalition forces.
It was immediately suspected that the plane had been struck by a stray missile, which US and Canadian government officials confirmed on Thursday was, according to new intelligence, likely the case.
Among the victims of the crash were sixty-three Canadians. The flight lost contact with air traffic controllers five minutes after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday morning, officials said.
“The news will undoubtedly come as a shock to the families who are already grieving in the face of this unspeakable tragedy,” Trudeau said. “We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies’ and our own intelligence” that indicates the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.
NBC notes that “Iran’s head of civil aviation agency dismissed the missile reports as ‘illogical rumors.’ Iranian officials had originally suggested that the Boeing 737-800 crashed because of a technical problem.”
President Donald Trump was quick to point out that this was highly unlikely.
“It was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood,” Trump said. “Someone could have made a mistake.”
“I have a feeling that — it’s just some very terrible, something very terrible happened, very devastating,” he added.
Well, it turns out he was right. The Iranians cannot do this right. They try to hit our base and end up warning Iraq, who warned our forces, and they don’t hit a single target.
Then an airplane full of foreign nationals tries to leave their godforsaken country and they end up with dozens of dead westerners on their hands.