Ukraine plane 'highly likely' shot down by Iran missile - US officials say

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US officials have said that it's highly likely that it was an Iranian missile that brought down a passenger plane yesterday.

All 176 people on board the Ukrainian International Airline flight were killed when it crashed just outside Tehran. Iran initially blamed an engine fire for the crash, and it seems the strike was a tragic accident.
We'll be speaking to our Washington correspondent Siobhan Kennedy and our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum in Baghdad in a moment.
Here, the Prime Minister spoke to Ukrainian President Zelensky to call for a "full, credible and transparent investigation". Three Britons were among the dead.

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This is the exact reason why Iran cannot have a nuclear bomb. They are so sloppy and incompetent.

Author — mmaaxx1198


I’m sorry to all the families who lost loved ones

Author — MOMS Mushrooms Jody Foster


Shot down by a sad..may those beautiful souls forever rest in peace!

Author — Lo La


When you are poorly trained and scared, even your own shadow can look like the enemy. This is a tragedy of incompetence.

Author — rmwtsou


If that's true, the Iranians look very incompetent.

Author — N Wibawa


If the plane was having mechanical issues there would have been emergency communication contact from the crew.

Author — Mission Impossible


US officials tell the truth
Iran lies

Author — maroom1


Why are they trying to twist the story to make it America's fault?'

Author — Chattingesque


He's right .... a terrible tragedy ... they should give the black boxes over now and have an open investigating

Author — MR Spoon


How do you let a plane take off after being grounded? You dont this was no accident!

Author — Team America


Iran shoots down its own plane. Response: lets blame America.

Author — rndom persn


Iran now admitting they shot down the plane due to human error, yet still tries to blame the US for it. That's a bad look Iran.

Author — Dbccbj97


Nervous, trigger happy ? ..They’ve got the jitters, dead scared they will be attacked by an unbeatable force...But a dreadful tragedy nonetheless.

Author — Tom Smith


World leaders messing with ordinary people's lives!

Author — Tramper6


It sounds like one of the SAM sites ment to defend the airport was triggered by the plane. Oops.

Author — James Smith


Chaos...upon...chaos...Lord Grant us peace... we need peace more than ever🙏🙏🙏

Author — Jeanpaul Tran


Iran did it! We had nothing to do with any of this! You can trust me!

Author — President Donald J. Trump


I love my president of the 🇺🇸 i don't care who say but sad to see how many life loss the iranian know when the would have shoot off that missiles

Author — John adam


Sadly, that was my automatic suspicion due to the timeline hours after the missile attack. It's possible that while nervously awaiting an American response, someone got fatally trigger happy.

It may simply have been a matter of switching a radar guided system on without the proper safety mode being engaged. We may never know.

Bulldozing the crash evidence is highly suggestive of an unreliable investigation.

Author — puirYorick


The military saw it all on 🛰 image. It is a fact.

Author — Roger Brown