Canadian intelligence and that of the country's allies confirm that the Ukrainian civilian aircraft in Iran was shot down by a missile. Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada said so at a press conference as CTV News reported.
"We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional", the politician said. He also added that the Canadian specialists work with their Ukrainian counterparts; they want to join the investigation.
Previously, the Emergency Response Staff reported to Ukrainian President Zelensky, informing him of the course of investigation into the disaster that took place in Tehran on January 8. Top Ukrainian officials who make the composition of the Staff agreed that it's best to wait until the experts investigate the tragedy.
U.S. officials and media agree with Trudeau's conclusion; even U.S. President Donald Trump claimed he had doubts that the plane fell due to mechanical failure.
As is known, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 179 passengers aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one of those 177 aboard, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy. The aircraft was on its way from Tehran to Kyiv. The crash took place soon after the takeoff. Iranian media reported that, quoting the airport administration. The officials said that the reason for the crash was a "technical malfunction" of the plane's engine. The Ukrainian air company that owned the aircraft denied that there was such a malfunction; a pilot's mistake was ruled out, too. Later that day, the Iranian government refused to send the flight recorders to Ukraine, which means Kyiv will not be able to conduct its own investigation of the tragedy.
Iran denied that any claims of the plane being shot down by a missile made no sense.