- The New York Times obtained a video that appears to depict an Iranian missile striking a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran’s airport where the Ukrainian Boeing 737 “stopped transmitting its signal” prior to the crash on Wednesday.
- Iran previously denied that one of its missiles took down the plane, per AP. “What is obvious for us, and what we can say with certainty, is that no missile hit the plane,” the head of its aviation department previously told a press conference.
What they’re saying: “Iran did the right thing and took responsibility for the downing of this plane and this tragedy,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday. “I am of course outraged and furious that families across this country are grieving the loss of their loved ones,” he said, emphasizing the strength of the Iranian-Canadian community.
“That is a very real question that many people are asking,” Trudeau said in response to a reporter asking how he could trust Iran after the country lied about firing a missile at the Ukrainian plane.
- Trudeau first said on Thursday that intelligence from multiple sources indicated an Iranian surface-to-air missile caused the crash. He has continuously stressed the need for a full investigation.
- Trudeau told reporters that President Trump did not make any specific requests of Canada when the leaders spoke on Wednesday, in light of the president’s call for NATO countries to increase their involvement in the Middle East.
- Trudeau later tweeted a summary of his Wednesday call with Trump, during which the leaders discussed the need for an investigation into the cause of the crash.
What else we know: Canada is reaching out directly to Iran’s government about the crash, Canada’s deputy minister of global affairs said Wednesday. Iran has said it is currently holding onto the plane’s black boxes, but will likely grant Ukrainian investigators access, Trudeau stated on Thursday.
- Ukraine International Airlinessaid an investigation would be conducted into the crash involving authorities from Ukraine, Iran and Boeing representatives.
- “Given the crew’s experience, error probability is minimal. We do not even consider such a chance,” Ukrainian International Airlines said in a statement Wednesday, adding that all three crew members had between 7,600 and 12,000 hours of experience flying the aircraft.
The victims: Officials in Ukraine said 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedish, four Afghan, three German and three British nationals were aboard the Kiev-bound Flight 752 when it crashed, per AP. 63 Canadians were killed in the crash, per Trudeau.
Boeing said in a statement: “This is a tragic event and our heartfelt thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families. We are in contact with our airline customer and stand by them in this difficult time. We are ready to assist in any way needed.”
The big picture: The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency restriction on Tuesday prohibiting U.S. civil aviation operators from flying in airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman after the Iranian military struck two Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are stationed.
- This latest crash could also further complicate things for Boeing, which is already struggling with its 737 Max after 346 people died in two crashes. However, it’s not yet clear if this latest crash is related to manufacturer problems, per CNN.
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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.