January 10th 2020
Iran mistakenly shot the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed on Wednesday, killing all the 176 people on board, US officials can now confirm.
The aircraft carrying about 176 passengers comprising of Ukrainians and Iranians, among others, crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehrans airport.
The incident occurred after Iran launched missiles that hit two air bases of US forces in Iraq.
The attack from Iran was a response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Quds Force, by a US drone strike last week.
According to CBS News, the US intelligence claims its satellites detected two surface-to-air missile launches shortly before the plane exploded.
It quoted a source as saying that it appears missile components were found near the crash site.
Responding, Irans civil aviation authority said the assertion by the US is not true.
US President Donald Trump also said he has his suspicion. Trump said the aircraft was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood, and somebody could have made a mistake.
I had my suspicions. I dont want to say that because other people have their suspicions also, Trump said when he was asked about the incident at the White House on Thursday.
Its a tragic thing when I see that. Its a tragic thing, but somebody could have made a mistake on the other side. Some people say it was mechanical. I personally dont think thats even a question.
Tension between the US and Iran have escalated following the killing of Soleimani. Two missiles landed in the Green Zone on Wednesday shortly after Trump said his administration wants peace.