UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Video footage of a video reviewed and verified by the New York Times shows a rocket hitting a Ukrainian aircraft shortly before it crashed in Tehran, Iran, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).
The 19-second clip shows a bright white light that is alleged to be the rocket flying in the direction of the passenger aircraft before it strikes. However, the plane does not detonate, but does appear to change course before exiting the video.
Later, a crash is heard in the video, but it is unclear what might be the source of the crash noise.
The New York Times said it reviewed and verified other videos showing the plane flying back to Tehran International Airport while on fire before it crashed.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier that the crash, which killed all 176 passengers aboard, appeared to have been caused by an Iranian missile.
At a press conference, Trudeau confirmed that that conclusion led to intelligence from various sources, but that only a “thorough and credible investigation” could definitively confirm it.
Ukraine’s international carrier Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff. It arose hours after Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops fired dozens of ballistic missiles aimed at US troops in Iraq.
Among the victims were Iranian, Canadian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, German and British nationals.
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