New footage published and “verified” by the New York Times shows what the Western outlet claims to be an Iranian missile striking a Ukrainian jet just moments after takeoff in Tehran, Iran.
The 19-second clip published by the New York Times on Thursday afternoon shows a small explosion in the sky of Parand in Tehran that is believed to be an Iranian missile hitting the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 Flight PS752, which crashed early Wednesday morning after taking off from Tehran’s Khomeini Airport.
Iran has maintained that the January 8 crash of the airliner, which claimed the lives of 167 passengers and nine crew members, was due to a technical error. Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov, on the other hand, said it may be attributable to three scenarios in addition to a possible technical malfunction: collision with another aircraft, a terrorist attack or an air defense missile strike.
Earlier Thursday, Sputnik reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he had received intelligence suggesting Tehran was responsible for the plane crash.
“We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The intelligence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional,” he told reporters during a press conference in Ottawa, Canada.
Tehran-based Fars News Agency cited the official as having said the rumors were also “scientifically impossible” and have “no logic,” according to a translated tweet on the matter.
“There is complete coordination between all military and civilian sectors in Iran and at the same time,” the outlet noted in a followup tweet referencing the aviation official. “There were dozens of Iranian and foreign planes flying over Iran’s safe space.”
While Iran has expressed interest in getting in contact with Boeing, the New York Times reported that the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States has to first discuss the matter with the State Department due to sanctions which restrict Boeing, a US-based corporation, from contacting Iranians “without an export license.”
“All these reports are a psychological warfare against Iran,” Ali Rabiei, a spokesman for the Iranian government said on Thursday, reported Reuters, citing state TV. “All those countries whose citizens were aboard the plane can send representatives and we urge Boeing to send its representative to join the process of investigating the black box.”