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Ukrainian authorities say rocket fire, terrorist attack in deadly plane crash

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Ukrainian authorities say rocket fire and terrorist attack are among the suspected causes of a deadly plane crash in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Anadolu Agency (AA) reports.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) said the jet engine explosion could be a third reason.

In a statement, the NSDC said the trajectory indicated that the aircraft belonging to International Airlines had changed course to return to the airport, but that the pilots did not report any emergencies.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said the aircraft was engulfed in flames before it crashed to the ground.

All 176 passengers aboard died as a result of the plane crash that occurred shortly after flying from Tehran International Airport. The clash occurred at the same time as the Iranian military fired dozens of ballistic missiles aimed at US troops in Iraq.

The Iranian attack was in retaliation for the killing of the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRCG) Quds elite forces Qasem Soleimani during a US air strike last week.

Among the victims of the plane crash were 82 Iranian nationals, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 British nationals.

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