United States media are reporting on Thursday that it was highly likely that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile shot down the Ukrainian jetliner on Tuesday that killed 176 people.
The Iranian government is currently refusing the black box that would assist in the cause of the plane going up in flames. It can only be confirmed if Iran were to hand over the black box.
Shortly before the plane went down satellites detected an infrared blip (indicating missile launch) and shortly after another blip (indicating an explosion on the plane).
CBS confirmed on Thursday that U.S. officials are confident that Iran shot down a Ukrainian jetliner.
NEW: “CBS News has learned U.S. officials are confident that Iran shot down a Ukrainian jetliner in the hours after the Iranian missile attack on U.S. targets. 176 people were killed, including at least 63 Canadians.” https://t.co/BLBUKzzbO6 pic.twitter.com/EHENM9HgqM— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 9, 2020
BBC also confirmed the incident:
Iran mistakenly shot down Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran, US media report https://t.co/JMUJhBWG6V— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 9, 2020
Newsweek reported that Iraqi officials agree the plane was shot down.
U.S President Donald Trump said in a statement: “Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side.”
“Some people say it was mechanical,” Trump added. “I personally don’t think that’s even a question.”