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MSNBC 9 Jan 2020

Ukrainian Jet That Crashed Shot By Iranian Missiles, Sources Say

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U.S. Sources tell NBC News that spy satellite evidence suggests the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran was shot down by Iranian missiles, likely accidentally. All 176 souls on board died in the crash. Aired on 1/9/20.


Western officials believe the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed was downed by Iranian missiles. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Ukraine's top security official on Thursday said its passenger airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board, may have been downed by a Russian-made missile.
The plane, carrying mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians, crashed on Wednesday amid a spiralling escalation between Tehran and Washington.
A team of 45 Ukrainian experts has arrived in the Iranian capital to examine why the Ukrainian International Airlines plane plunged from the sky minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, told journalists.
Meanwhile, US officials have claimed that the plane was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defences, as US President Donald Trump said he had a terrible feeling about the disaster while offering no evidence.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference Thursday that evidence indicates a Ukranian jetliner that crashed Wednesday soon after takeoff from Tehran's airport was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. "This may well have been unintentional," he said.
US air base Al Asad in Iraq was targeted by Iran in response to the death of Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian military commander, who was killed in a US air strike.

BBC Persian correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard was allowed inside the high security base to see the damage and speak to soldiers who survived the attack.

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ABOUT WHAT CAUSED THAT INCREDIBLE PLANE CRASH KILLING
INCREDIBLE PLANE CRASH KILLING SO MANY PEOPLE, THE UKRAINIAN
SO MANY PEOPLE, THE UKRAINIAN PLANE, THE 737 IN IRAN.
PLANE, THE 737 IN IRAN. TOM?
TOM? >> Reporter: U.S. INTELLIGENCE
>> Reporter: U.S. INTELLIGENCE SOURCES ARE TELLING NBC NEWS
SOURCES ARE TELLING NBC NEWS THAT IT NOW -- THE U.S.
THAT IT NOW -- THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOW HAS
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOW HAS CONFIRMATION THAT THIS PLANE
CONFIRMATION THAT THIS PLANE WITH 176 PEOPLE ON BOARD WAS IN
WITH 176 PEOPLE ON BOARD WAS IN FACT BROUGHT DOWN BY IRANIAN
FACT BROUGHT DOWN BY IRANIAN MISSILES.
MISSILES. LIKELY FIRED BY MISTAKE AS OF
LIKELY FIRED BY MISTAKE AS OF COURSE IRAN HAD JUST FIRED THOSE
COURSE IRAN HAD JUST FIRED THOSE MISSILES AT U.S. BASES IN IRAQ
MISSILES AT U.S. BASES IN IRAQ AND MANY ON THE GROUND IN IRAN
AND MANY ON THE GROUND IN IRAN WERE FEARING U.S. REPRISAL
WERE FEARING U.S. REPRISAL ATTACKS.
ATTACKS. THIS HAPPENED AT ABOUT 6:14 IN
THIS HAPPENED AT ABOUT 6:14 IN THE MORNING WHEN THIS UKRAINIAN
THE MORNING WHEN THIS UKRAINIAN JET LINER TOOK OFF FROM TEHRAN.
JET LINER TOOK OFF FROM TEHRAN. TWO MINUTES INTO FLIGHT,
TWO MINUTES INTO FLIGHT, SUDDENLY IT LOST ALL COMS AND
SUDDENLY IT LOST ALL COMS AND VIDEO FROM THE GROUND SHOWS A
VIDEO FROM THE GROUND SHOWS A FIREBALL
FIREBALL FIRE
FIRE FIREBALL STREAKING ACROSS THE
FIREBALL STREAKING ACROSS THE SKY.
SKY. U.S. INTELLIGENCE SUGGESTING
U.S. INTELLIGENCE SUGGESTING THAT SPY SATELLITES HAVE NOW
THAT SPY SATELLITES HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THAT IN FACT THE PLANE
CONFIRMED THAT IN FACT THE PLANE WAS BROUGHT DOWN BY
WAS BROUGHT DOWN BY IRANIAN-BASED MISSILES.
IRANIAN-BASED MISSILES. IT WAS A UKRAINIAN AIRLINER WITH
IT WAS A UKRAINIAN AIRLINER WITH 176 PEOPLE ON BOARD.
176 PEOPLE ON BOARD. BY THE AWAY, IRAN THUS FAR HAS
BY THE AWAY, IRAN THUS FAR HAS DENIED THAT MISSILES BROUGHT
DENIED THAT MISSILES BROUGHT DOWN THE PLANE.
DOWN THE PLANE. THEY’VE SUGGESTED SOME SORT OF A
THEY’VE SUGGESTED SOME SORT OF A MECHANICAL ERROR IS TO BLAME.
MECHANICAL ERROR IS TO BLAME. BUT THE UKRAINIANS FOR THEIR
BUT THE UKRAINIANS FOR THEIR PART, AND ONE OF THEIR PLANES,
PART, AND ONE OF THEIR PLANES, UKRAINE HAS ALL ALONG BEEN
UKRAINE HAS ALL ALONG BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT A POSSIBLE
CONCERNED ABOUT A POSSIBLE MISSILE STRIKE JUST BASED ON THE
MISSILE STRIKE JUST BASED ON THE TIMING BROUGHT DOWN THIS
TIMING BROUGHT DOWN THIS PASSENGER PLANE WITH 176 PEOPLE
PASSENGER PLANE WITH 176 PEOPLE ON BOARD.
ON BOARD. >> TOM, JUST TO REPRISE THIS,
>> TOM, JUST TO REPRISE THIS, YOU’VE BEEN RAISING QUESTIONS
YOU’VE BEEN RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SINCE THE MOMENT IT
ABOUT THIS SINCE THE MOMENT IT HAPPENED.
HAPPENED. IT HAPPENED WITHIN AN HOUR OR SO
IT HAPPENED WITHIN AN HOUR OR SO OF THOSE MISSILE STRIKES AGAINST
OF THOSE MISSILE STRIKES AGAINST THE IRAQI TARGETS FROM IRAN.
THE IRAQI TARGETS FROM IRAN. >> YEAH.
>> YEAH. >> THIS IS A THREE-YEAR-OLD 737.
>> THIS IS A THREE-YEAR-OLD 737. IT HAD BEEN INSPECTED TWO DAYS
IT HAD BEEN INSPECTED TWO DAYS EARLIER.
EARLIER. AMONG THOSE VICTIMS WERE A
AMONG THOSE VICTIMS WERE A NUMBER OF CANADIANS.
NUMBER OF CANADIANS. AND AMONG THOSE CANADIANS WERE
AND AMONG THOSE CANADIANS WERE FOREIGN STUDENTS, IRANIANS WHO
FOREIGN STUDENTS, IRANIANS WHO HAD BEEN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
HAD BEEN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THERE WERE INFANTS AND TODDLERS
THERE WERE INFANTS AND TODDLERS AS WELL.
AS WELL. THERE WERE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE
THERE WERE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE AS WELL ON THAT PLANE.
AS WELL ON THAT PLANE. >> IT WAS A PLANE MADE UP ALMOST
>> IT WAS A PLANE MADE UP ALMOST ENTIRELY OF IRANIANS, UKRAINIANS
ENTIRELY OF IRANIANS, UKRAINIANS AND 63 CANADIANS.
AND 63 CANADIANS. 63 MANY OF THEM SOME CONNECTION
63 MANY OF THEM SOME CONNECTION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA.
TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. MANY OF THEM HAD BEEN AT A
MANY OF THEM HAD BEEN AT A WEDDING IN IRAN AND WERE GOING
WEDDING IN IRAN AND WERE GOING BACK TO CANADA AFTER HAVING BEEN
BACK TO CANADA AFTER HAVING BEEN AT A WEDDING.
AT A WEDDING. FROM THE MOMENT THIS HAPPENED,
FROM THE MOMENT THIS HAPPENED, MY AVIATION SOURCES WERE SAYING
MY AVIATION SOURCES WERE SAYING ALL THE EVIDENCE HERE WOULD
ALL THE EVIDENCE HERE WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS IN FACT WAS
SUGGEST THAT THIS IN FACT WAS SOME SORT OF OF A MISSILE, SOME
SOME SORT OF OF A MISSILE, SOME SORT OF A BOMB.
SORT OF A BOMB. AND THEN AS THE HOURS
AND THEN AS THE HOURS PROGRESSED, THE EVIDENCE
PROGRESSED, THE EVIDENCE CONTINUED TO MOUNT FOR THE
CONTINUED TO MOUNT FOR THE AVIATION SOURCES THAT THIS WAS A
AVIATION SOURCES THAT THIS WAS A MISSILE.
MISSILE. AND NOW U.S. INTELLIGENCE
AND NOW U.S. INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAYING IN FACT IT DOES
SOURCES SAYING IN FACT IT DOES APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN A MISSILE
APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN A MISSILE THAT BROUGHT IT DOWN.
THAT BROUGHT IT DOWN. AND THE IRONY HERE IS THAT IRAN
AND THE IRONY HERE IS THAT IRAN FIRED THE MISSILES, DIDN’T HIT
FIRED THE MISSILES, DIDN’T HIT ANY AMERICANS, DIDN’T CAUSE ANY
ANY AMERICANS, DIDN’T CAUSE ANY CASUALTIES IN IRAQ WHEN THEY
CASUALTIES IN IRAQ WHEN THEY FIRED THOSE MISSILES AT U.S.
FIRED THOSE MISSILES AT U.S. BASES, AND YET THROUGH AN
BASES, AND YET THROUGH AN UNBELIEVABLE TRAGEDY AND A
UNBELIEVABLE TRAGEDY AND A MISCALCULATION, 176 PEOPLE, MANY
MISCALCULATION, 176 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM IRANIANS, WERE BROUGHT
OF THEM IRANIANS, WERE BROUGHT DOWN BY ONE OF IRAN’S OWN
DOWN BY ONE OF IRAN’S OWN MISSILES.
MISSILES. >> AND JUST TO ALSO ADD ANOTHER
>> AND JUST TO ALSO ADD ANOTHER DETAIL, IRAN HAS REFUSED TO HAND
DETAIL, IRAN HAS REFUSED TO HAND OVER THE BLACK BOX.
OVER THE BLACK BOX. >> THAT’S CHANGED A BIT.
>> THAT’S CHANGED A BIT. IRAN’S LANGUAGE HAS CHANGED ON
IRAN’S LANGUAGE HAS CHANGED ON HOW MUCH IT WILL COOPERATE WITH
HOW MUCH IT WILL COOPERATE WITH INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS.
INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS. TODAY IT’S BEEN A LITTLE
TODAY IT’S BEEN A LITTLE CONFUSING AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE
CONFUSING AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO RELEASE THE BLACK BOXES
GOING TO RELEASE THE BLACK BOXES AND TO WHOM.
AND TO WHOM. BUT IT DOES NOW APPEAR THEY’RE
BUT IT DOES NOW APPEAR THEY’RE GOING TO PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL
GOING TO PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS ACCESS TO THE
INVESTIGATORS ACCESS TO THE BLACK BOXES, EVEN SOME
BLACK BOXES, EVEN SOME SUGGESTION THAT THEY MIGHT ALLOW
SUGGESTION THAT THEY MIGHT ALLOW THE NTSB IN ON THE
THE NTSB IN ON THE INVESTIGATION.
INVESTIGATION. BOEING MAY OR MAY NOT BE.
BOEING MAY OR MAY NOT BE. IT OF COURSE MADE THE PLANE.
IT OF COURSE MADE THE PLANE. BUT UNDER U.S. SANCTIONS, BOEING
BUT UNDER U.S. SANCTIONS, BOEING MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO EVEN SET
MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO EVEN SET FOOT IN IRAN.
FOOT IN IRAN. IRAN’S LANGUAGE ON HOW MUCH IT
IRAN’S LANGUAGE ON HOW MUCH IT WILL COOPERATE WITH
WILL COOPERATE WITH INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS HAS
INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS HAS CHANGED SLIGHTLY TODAY.
CHANGED SLIGHTLY TODAY. >> AND OF COURSE THOSE SANCTIONS
>> AND OF COURSE THOSE SANCTIONS CAN BE WAIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF
CAN BE WAIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS INVESTIGATION BY BOTH
THIS INVESTIGATION BY BOTH COUNTRIES BECAUSE IRAN IS PART

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