Authorities in Canada, the US and the UK have accused Iran of destroying Ukraine’s aircraft, killing 176 people on board.
According to a report by the US news agency Associated Press (AP), world leaders say that it may be because of increased tension in the region and rocket attacks on US military bases in Iraq, Iran mistakenly fired Ukrainian aircraft from the missiles.
The Ukrainian passenger plane crashed just hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on US military bases in Iraq on January 8.
In this regard, 4 US officials on condition of anonymity said that the passenger plane was mistakenly considered a risk.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Ottawa that 63 Canadian citizens were killed in the crash, saying: “We have personal intelligence sources, including allies, (while evidence) shows that Iran fired missiles into the air from the ground that hit the plane.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides Canadians with an update about the fatal plane crash in Iran. pic.twitter.com/Rrcfdv3jSp
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) January 10, 2020
On the other hand, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made similar statements.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) January 9, 2020
Scott Morrison also said that this appears to be a mistake, and we do not think the intelligence information presented was intentional.
In the White House, US President Donald Trump said that he believed that Iran was responsible for destroying Ukraine’s aircraft, while also dismissing Iranian claims of a technical problem in the aircraft.
Donald Trump also said there could be a mistake on the other side.
It should be noted that the New York Times posted a video yesterday, showing a missile fired on a Ukrainian plane in Iran and claimed to have confirmed the video.
In addition, Iran revealed in a preliminary investigation report on a Ukrainian passenger plane the radio call was not made for assistance after the plane crashed while the plane took off for the airport tried to go back.
The Iranian investigation report said that a few minutes after flying from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737 had a sudden crash.
The Ukrainian passenger plane crashed on January 10 due to technical malfunction, killing all 76 people aboard the plane, the report said.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister confirmed 176 people aboard the plane, which included 167 passengers and 9 crew members.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister said the plane had 82 Iranian, 63 Canadian, Swedish, 4 Afghan, 3 German and 3 British nationals, while 11 Ukrainian nationals, including 9 crew members and 2 passengers were aboard.