Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Verified videos show plane in Iran struck before fiery crash

Verified videos show plane in Iran struck before fiery crash

Justin Trudeau has said evidence suggests a missile brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran earlier this week.

USA officials say they are levelling new sanctions against Tehran for having launched ballistic missile attacks earlier this week against two bases in Iraq housing American soldiers, one of which also contained Canadian forces. Tehran blamed a technical malfunction while U.S. and Canadian authorities said Iran shot down the aircraft perhaps unintentionally.

The footage, which The New York Times said it had verified, shows a fast-moving object rising at an angle into the sky before a bright flash is seen, which dims and then continues moving forward.

Champagne says Iran has so far issued two visas for Canadian officials, and that the immediate priority is getting access to the country and ensuring a thorough and transparent investigation.

Iran's foreign ministry earlier invited United States plane maker Boeing to "participate" in the probe.

"We know this may have been unintentional".

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He added that the investigation team was still waiting for information from the aircraft's black box.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has issued a direct plea to his Iranian counterpart to ensure that Canadian aviation safety officials are included in the investigation into the downing of Flight PS752. "NTSB has designated an accredited representative to the investigation of the crash, involving a Boeing 737-800", the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

He also denied that a missile caused the crash, calling such accusations "psychological warfare against Iran".

Abedzadeh also said that the plane's pilot had called the control tower prior to turning back toward the airport but that the engine caught fire in mid-air and the plane crashed about two minutes later.

As speculation about the cause grew, a senior advisor to President Hassan Rouhani warned Iranians working for Farsi-language media overseas to "not participate in the psychological warfare" against Iran over the plane crash.

Canada's transportation safety board on Thursday said it had accepted an invitation from Iran's civil aviation authority to join the inquiry.

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