Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday that many intelligence sources, including Canadian,
indicate that the “Boeing 737” that crashed near Tehran Wednesday, “was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile”.
“We have information from multiple sources, including from our allies and our devices … indicating that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile … perhaps it was not intentional,” Trudeau told a news conference.”.
Shortly before that, US President Donald Trump said that he had “doubts” about the causes of the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane after take off, while US media reported that the intelligence services were becoming increasingly convinced that the plane accidentally shot down an Iranian missile.
As for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he stated that there is evidence that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that may have been inadvertently fired..
About fifty aviation experts and a Ukrainian security official arrived in Tehran Thursday morning to participate in the investigation, including reading the data of the black boxes that the Iranian authorities had found at the site of the disaster..
US officials had expressed confidence that the Iranian air defenses brought down the crashed Ukrainian plane by mistake. Reuters news agency quoted them as saying that they had concluded that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile based on satellite data and government officials..
The Iranian authorities responded to the hypothesis that the plane was struck by a missile, saying that it was “meaningless rumors”. The Iranian Civil Aviation Administration said that there had been extensive research into the crash zone, and that there was nothing suspicious there.
The commission added that the joint fact-finding committee with Ukraine completely excludes the hypothesis of shooting down the plane with a missile, considering that what is reported on it “is just false rumors whose aim is political.””.
For its part, the Iranian Foreign Ministry invited Ukraine and Boeing Company to participate in the investigations into the crash, and said that Tehran had started its investigations according to international decisions and standards..
As for the head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Administration, he said that his country has invited France and the United States to participate in the investigation into the plane crash, stressing that the responsibility for reading the black box rests with his country and will take place in the presence of Ukrainian experts.
The Department of Aviation Accident Investigation in Iran said that a technical malfunction of the Ukrainian plane set the engine and a fire ablaze. “We are ready to disclose our documents to the media”.
The office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani confirmed that he agreed with his Ukrainian counterpart to entrust the foreign ministries of the two countries to facilitate the investigation through the joint committee between the two countries.