BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Iranian military now admits to “unintentionally” shooting down the Ukranian airplane.
The Iran plane crash victims included the following nationals:
82 from Iran, 57 from Canada, 11 from Ukraine, 10 from Sweden, 4 from Afganistan, 3 from Germany, and 3 from the U.K, for a total of 170 passengers and crew, according to CNN News.
There are mounting early reports of a missile strike from the Ukrainian Flight 752 crash in Iran. Apparent explosive fragment holes have been discovered in the body and the engines of the crashed Ukranian plane. The holes are looking suspiciously similar to the type of holes a missile explosion would cause. The S-300 Russian missiles used by Iran are surface-to-air missiles, designed to shoot down aircraft.
The Boeing 737-800 took off from Tehran bound for Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine. According to U.S. Government sources, heat signatures from two surface-to-surface air missiles were detected. The heat signatures showed after the airplane had been airborne for only two minutes.
Video of the missile hitting Ukrainian Flight 752
Second-by-second description of the Ukranian plane crash
Captain Jetson News has looked at a couple of different video-recordings of the event. Here’s what we found:
A lighted object (the missile) is approaching at a high speed going towards the right, followed by an explosion. About 11 seconds later you can hear a loud bang. The speed of sound is 343 meters (1,125.33 feet) per second or 1,235 KM/H (767.4 mph) at 20 degrees Celcius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). That means the person who recorded the video was about 3,800 meters (2.36 miles) from the explosion.
The New York Times describes the event, based on the above video, plus other videos the paper has seen:
The airplane did not appear to disintegrate when the missile hit. (Most likely because it exploded close to the airplane, but not into the airplane). The plane kept flying for a few more minutes, attempting to return to the airport. Then the plane eventually rapidly lost height and crashed.
Chain of Events intelligence gathering
CBS News reported that US intelligence noticed that anti-aircraft radars were turned on before the crash. In addition, satellites detected two infrared blips which could indicate missile launches.
The U.S. Government
After performing an extensive review of the available satellite data, one official said that the U.S. government had made an observation.
The U.S. concluded with a high degree of certainty, that a missile strike took place. Iranian anti-aircraft missiles had brought down the plane. The Ukrainian plane had been tracked by Iranian radar prior to the missile launch.
ABC News reported that US Intelligence was confident of one thing:
Iran had “painted the Ukrainian airliner with radar and fired two surface-to-air missiles that brought down the aircraft.”
The launch was quickly followed by an explosion in the vicinity of the Ukranian airplane. Heat signature data then showed the plane on fire as it went down.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The Canadian Prime Minister said his country had intelligence and evidence from many sources that
“the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air-missile.”
The Iranians have already stated they will not release any crash investigation information to Boeing or U.S. Authorities, such as the N.T.S.B. or the F.A.A.
Now with possible missile holes spotted from the Ukranian plane crash, the question is, will the Iranian allow any foreign official close to the accident investigation?
The possible missile holes from the Ukranian plane crash
Pictures of the Ukraine International Airlines B737-800 wreckage are showing fuselage and engine holes that could prove they were caused by an exploding missile.
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Featured Image: Ukranian International Airlines B737-800.