Watch: Ukrainian plane crash that killed 63 Canadians downed by Iranian missile

Updated Jan. 10 5:46 a.m.

A video by Nariman Gharib has emerged on the Internet that appears to show the moment the Ukranian jetliner exploded in the sky before crashing near Tehran on Jan. 8.

The video was posted onto a public Telegram channel showing what was apparently a mid-air explosion. The video was uploaded directly here.

An online investigative journalism site Bellingcat says they geolocated the video to a residential area in Parand (coordinates 35.489414, 50.906917), a suburb to the west of Imam Khomeini International Airport, from which Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) departed to Kyiv.

The authenticity of the video hasn’t been verified by officials.

Prime Minister Just Trudeau held a press conference Jan. 9 and said evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.

“This may have been unintentional,” he said.

Trudeau said Canada is working with its allies to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted.

“Canadians have questions and they deserve answers.”

Prime Minister Just Trudeau held a press conference this morning and said ally evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.

Iranian officials deny one of their missiles took down the Ukrainian Boeing 737 and called on Canada to produce the evidence.

The reports of evidence are “psychological warfare” against Iran, said Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei on Thursday. 

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi called on Prime Minister Trudeau to share the intelligence he says he has from “multiple sources” that the Ukrainian plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs told Iran’s minister of foreign affairs yesterday that Canada wants to take part in the investigation of the plane crash.

In addition, Champagne condemned the Iranian strikes on the U.S. base in Iraq where coalition forces, including Canadians, are stationed.

The Ukraine International Airlines plane that crashed minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport Wednesday was hit by an Iranian missile, UK publication The Guardian reported today.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko said the victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.

Media around the world initially reported that the plane crashed after a “mechanical malfunction” after Iranian officials claimed the Boeing 747 crew didn’t make a radio call for help and were trying to turn back to the airport.

The Guardian reported that a private intelligence firm concluded it was likely hit by a surface-to-air missile.

Today CBS News quoted U.S. intelligence officer that said a satellite detected infrared “blips” of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion.

U.S. President Donald Trump said: “I have my suspicions” over the plane. “Somebody could have made a mistake.”

More to come. This is a. developing story. Check back for updates.

Russian media (RT) reported that Iran responded to ‘illogical rumors’ by Western media that one of their missiles took down the plane. Iran denies the accusation.

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs told Iran’s minister of foreign affairs yesterday that Canada wants to take part in the investigation of the plane crash.

In addition, Champagne condemned the Iranian strikes on the U.S. base in Iraq where coalition forces, including Canadians, are stationed.

Updated Jan. 9, 10:48 a.m., 12:08 p.m., 12:48 p.m.

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