The U.S. believes that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashed in Teheran was downed by two ground-to-air missiles launched by Iran as The Wall Street Journal reported citing American official.
“We have the high level of confidence that this (Boeing 737, - 112.international) was shot down by Iran. The plane was being tracked moments before it went down by Iranian radar used to aim missiles,” the official said.
According to him, the plane was shot down by a Russian-made SA-15 surface-to-air missile system, also referred to as the Gauntlet.
The U.S. believes that Iran, possibly, downed the plane accidentally as another official said. He specified that one of the factors, which determined the version of the U.S. with the missile strike of the plane was the large field of debris at the crash site. According to the official, the planes crashed in the result of the mechanical failure have narrower debris fields.
Earlier American mass media reported that Boeing 737, the Ukrainian passenger aircraft that crashed near Tehran could have been downed by an Iranian missile fired from Tor, the surface-to-air missile system made in Russia.
On January 8, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 passengers aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport.
11 citizens of Ukraine died in the crash of Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines (PS 752 flight). President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky reported that the passenger plane crash in the Iranian capital left no survivors.
Earlier, the Ukrainian commission on the crash of Boeing 737 in Teheran, which arrived in Iran, holds a discussion on agreement on the issue of the visit of the catastrophe site with the Iranian authorities. It intends to hold a search of the wreckage of the Russian Tor missile system, which launch is considered to be one of the main versions of the crash.
Canadian intelligence and that of the country's allies confirm that the Ukrainian civilian aircraft in Iran was shot down by a missile as Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada said.