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

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

The Ukrainian passenger aircraft 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 mentioned U.S. intelligence more and more factors on the airliner being by chance struck by a Russian-made missile, killing all 176 individuals on board the flight, simply hours after Iran fired greater than a dozen ballistic missiles concentrating 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 unimaginable {that a} missile hit the Ukrainian aircraft, 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 primary (theories), as info has surfaced on the web about parts of a missile being discovered close to the location 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 knowledge.

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 aircraft crashed. It was heading for Kiev. (AP)

When requested Thursday about what might have occurred to the Ukrainian Worldwide Airways flight, President Trump mentioned he did not imagine {that a} mechanical failure precipitated the aircraft crash.

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

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

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 aircraft in Iran Wednesday — is seen in Moscow.

The crash got here just some 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 normal in a drone strike final week.

Newsweek was the primary to report that the aircraft 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 staff get better the our bodies of victims on the crash website.

The incident has similarities to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airways Flight 17 over japanese 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 japanese Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border, the place preventing had been raging for months between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.

Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman later instructed Fox Information, “We’re supporting the [National Transportation Safety Board] within the investigation per Annex 13 protocol.” Annex 13 protocol refers back to the Conference on Worldwide Civil Aviation’s really useful practices for investigating plane incidents. The NTSB didn’t verify to Fox Information whether or not it had been requested to participate within the investigation.


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

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

Then one thing went unsuitable, although “no radio messages were received from the pilot regarding unusual situations,” the report mentioned. 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 staff examine the scene the place a Ukrainian aircraft 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 aircraft engulfed in flames earlier than crashing at 6:18 a.m., the report mentioned. Flight-tracking information for the aircraft stopped earlier than the crash, which occurred within the city of Shahedshahr to the northeast of the aircraft’s final reported place.

The crash precipitated a large explosion when the aircraft hit the bottom, seemingly 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 aircraft had been recovered, although they sustained injury and a few elements of their reminiscence have been misplaced. It additionally mentioned 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, mentioned Thursday.

Oleksandr Zaporozhchenko, a mechanic with the Ukraine Worldwide Airways in 2016-2018, mentioned he knew one of many crew members of the aircraft 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 staff search the scene the place a Ukrainian aircraft 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 aircraft 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 accordance with officers. Most of the passengers have been believed to be worldwide college students attending universities in Canada; they have been making their approach again to Toronto by means of Kiev after visiting with household throughout the winter break.

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