//Ukrainian airplane shot down by mistake by Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officers consider

Ukrainian airplane shot down by mistake by Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officers consider

The Ukrainian passenger airplane that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s international airport Wednesday was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officers instructed Fox Information.

Officers stated U.S. intelligence more and more factors on the airliner being unintentionally struck by a Russian-made missile, killing all 176 folks on board the flight, simply hours after Iran fired greater than a dozen ballistic missiles focusing on two army bases housing American and coalition troops.

“An absolute tragedy,” one U.S. official instructed Fox Information. “They simply screwed up and it’s tragic.”

The revelations come as Ukrainian investigators reportedly are awaiting permission from Iranian authorities to look at the crash site and search for missile fragments. Iran’s head of civil aviation was quoted by the ISNA Information Company as saying Thursday that “scientifically, it’s unattainable {that a} missile hit the Ukrainian airplane, and such rumors are illogical,” in accordance to Reuters. Iranian officers have blamed a technical malfunction for the plane’s doom.


The U.S. official instructed Fox Information {that a} Russian-made SA15 missile, which is a part of the Tor surface-to-air missile system, was the sort that introduced down the plane. Russia delivered 29 Tor-M1 methods to Iran in 2007 as a part of a $700 million contract signed in December 2005. Iran has displayed the missiles in army parades as effectively.

“A strike by a missile, probably a Tor missile system, is among the many principal (theories), as info has surfaced on the web about components of a missile being discovered close to the positioning of the crash,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Safety Council, instructed Ukrainian media earlier. He didn’t elaborate on the place he noticed the data.

A rescue worker searches the scene where the Ukrainian plane crashed. It was heading for Kiev. (AP)

A rescue employee searches the scene the place the Ukrainian airplane crashed. It was heading for Kiev. (AP)

When requested Thursday about what might have occurred to the Ukrainian Worldwide Airways flight, President Trump stated he did not consider {that a} mechanical failure brought about the airplane crash.

“It was flying in a reasonably tough neighborhood,” he stated. “Any individual might have made a mistake on the opposite aspect.”

Danilov additionally stated different doable causes into consideration for Wednesday’s downing included a drone or one other flying object crashing into the airplane, a terrorist assault or an engine malfunction inflicting an explosion. Nevertheless, no terror group has claimed duty for the assault and the airplane was lower than 4 years outdated.

A TOR-M2/SA-15 Gauntlet tactical surface-to-air missile system -- similar to the one the U.S. believes mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran Wednesday -- is seen in Moscow.

A TOR-M2/SA-15 Gauntlet tactical surface-to-air missile system — much like the one the U.S. believes mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger airplane in Iran Wednesday — is seen in Moscow.

The crash got here only a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault towards Iraqi army bases housing U.S. troops amid a confrontation with Washington over it killing an Iranian Revolutionary Guard common in a drone strike final week.

Newsweek was the primary to report that the airplane was mistakenly shot down by missiles.


Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, the spokesman of the Iranian armed forces, earlier denied a missile hit the airplane in feedback reported Wednesday by the Fars information company. He dismissed the allegation as “psychological warfare” by foreign-based Iranian opposition teams.

Rescue workers recover the bodies of victims at the crash site.

Rescue employees get well the our bodies of victims on the crash web site.

The incident has similarities to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airways Flight 17 over jap Ukraine.

All 298 passengers and crew on board flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur have been killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 midair, sending particles and our bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. The jet in 2014 was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held jap Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border, the place preventing had been raging for months between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.


An preliminary report ready by Iran’s Civil Aviation Group stated Thursday that the airplane’s crew by no means made a radio name for assist and was attempting to show again for the airport when it went down.

The Ukrainian Worldwide Airways flight took off at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, after almost an hour’s delay, from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport, the principle airport for vacationers in Iran. It gained altitude heading west, reaching almost 8,000 toes, in line with each the report and flight-tracking information.

Then one thing went improper, although “no radio messages were received from the pilot regarding unusual situations,” the report stated. In emergencies, pilots attain out to air-traffic controllers to warn them and to clear the runway for his or her arrival, although their first precedence is to maintain the plane flying.


Rescue workers inspect the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. (AP)

Rescue employees examine the scene the place a Ukrainian airplane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. (AP)

Eyewitnesses, together with the crew of one other flight passing above it, described seeing the airplane engulfed in flames earlier than crashing at 6:18 a.m., the report stated. Flight-tracking information for the airplane stopped earlier than the crash, which occurred within the city of Shahedshahr to the northeast of the airplane’s final reported place.

The crash brought about an enormous explosion when the airplane hit the bottom, probably as a result of the plane had been absolutely loaded with gas for the flight to Kyiv, Ukraine.

However the report additionally confirmed that each of the “black boxes” that comprise information and cockpit communications from the airplane had been recovered, although they sustained injury and a few components of their reminiscence have been misplaced. It additionally stated that investigators have initially dominated out laser or electromagnetic interference as inflicting the crash.

“We insist Iran give us full entry to the investigation and to the supplies of the investigation and I name on everybody to keep away from any speculations,” Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s deputy minister for international affairs, stated Thursday.

Oleksandr Zaporozhchenko, a mechanic with the Ukraine Worldwide Airways in 2016-2018, stated he knew one of many crew members of the airplane and had by no means heard any complaints concerning the plane.

Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran, on Wednesday.

Rescue employees search the scene the place a Ukrainian airplane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran, on Wednesday.


“It is one the most reliable planes out there,” Zaporozhchenko instructed The Related Press.

The airplane was carrying 167 passengers and 9 crew members from a number of international locations, together with 82 Iranians, not less than 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, in line with officers. Lots of the passengers have been believed to be worldwide college students attending universities in Canada; they have been making their manner again to Toronto by the use of Kiev after visiting with household throughout the winter break.

Fox Information’ Jennifer Griffin, Ben Evansky, Travis Fedschun and the Related Press contributed to this report.