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U.S.: Iran shot down Ukrainian plane. Iran: That's scientifically impossible

Christian Fernsby |

KEY POINTS
  • U.S. intelligence detected anti-aircraft radars turning on prior to the crash
  • Iran says there were other planes near so the defense system wasn't on

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 is believed to have been hit by fire from a Russian-built Iranian Tor M-1 (SA-15) surface-to-air missile system, Pentagon says.

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Topics: U.S.    IRAN    UKRAINIAN   

The plane crashed outside of the Iranian capital of Tehran yesterday, killing all 176 people on board.

CBS News reports that U.S. officials are confident that Iran shot down Flight 752, explaining that U.S. intelligence detected anti-aircraft radars turning on prior to the crash. Satellites reportedly detected two infrared blips, suspected to be SA-15 missile launches, that were followed by another blip, the aircraft explosion.

CNN confirmed CBS and Newsweek's reporting, and two US officials told the Associated Press that it was "highly likely" that the aircraft was downed by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile.

Following the new reports, an Iranian official said it's "scientifically impossible" that one of their defense missiles hit the plane because it was flying at an elevation of 8,000 feet, the Fars News Agency reported.

The official also points out that several other commercial jets were flying at that altitude at the same time, seeming to suggest that because none others were hit that the missile defense system wasn't triggered.


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