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NBC News 9 Jan 2020

Ukrainian Passenger Plane Likely Shot Down Over Iran, U.S. Sources Say

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U.S. intelligence sources say satellite imagery and communications intercepts confirm that Iranian missiles shot a passenger jet out of the sky. Officials believe the shootdown was an accident, with Iran on high alert for an American counterattack.


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THE SKY BY IRANIAN FORCES, BUT FROM IRAN TONIGHT, STRONG
FORCES, BUT FROM IRAN TONIGHT, STRONG DENIALS.
TONIGHT, STRONG DENIALS. WE BEGIN WITH NBC’S
DENIALS. WE BEGIN WITH NBC’S TOM COSTELLO.
WE BEGIN WITH NBC’S TOM COSTELLO. >> Reporter: TONIGHT,
TOM COSTELLO. >> Reporter: TONIGHT, U.S. INTELLIGENCE
>> Reporter: TONIGHT, U.S. INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY SATELLITE
U.S. INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY SATELLITE IMAGERY AND
SOURCES SAY SATELLITE IMAGERY AND COMMUNICATION
IMAGERY AND COMMUNICATION INTERCEPT CONFIRM
COMMUNICATION INTERCEPT CONFIRM IRANIANS SHOT A
INTERCEPT CONFIRM IRANIANS SHOT A PASSENGER JET OUT OF
IRANIANS SHOT A PASSENGER JET OUT OF THE SKY.
PASSENGER JET OUT OF THE SKY. THIS VIDEO APPEARS TO
THE SKY. THIS VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW THE MOMENT A
THIS VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW THE MOMENT A MISSILE EXPLODED.
SHOW THE MOMENT A MISSILE EXPLODED. THE FIRE BALL
MISSILE EXPLODED. THE FIRE BALL STREAKING ACROSS THE
THE FIRE BALL STREAKING ACROSS THE SKY.
STREAKING ACROSS THE SKY. UKRAINIAN AIRLINES
SKY. UKRAINIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 LEFT
UKRAINIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 LEFT TEHERAN AT 6:12 A.M.
FLIGHT 752 LEFT TEHERAN AT 6:12 A.M. HEADED FOR KIEV.
TEHERAN AT 6:12 A.M. HEADED FOR KIEV. U.S. SOURCES SAY TWO
HEADED FOR KIEV. U.S. SOURCES SAY TWO MINUTES LATER, TWO
U.S. SOURCES SAY TWO MINUTES LATER, TWO RUSSIAN-MADE MISSILES
MINUTES LATER, TWO RUSSIAN-MADE MISSILES FIRED AT PLANE.
RUSSIAN-MADE MISSILES FIRED AT PLANE. A MIDAIR EXPLOSION AND
FIRED AT PLANE. A MIDAIR EXPLOSION AND THE PLANE CRASHING TO
A MIDAIR EXPLOSION AND THE PLANE CRASHING TO THE GROUND.
THE PLANE CRASHING TO THE GROUND. U.S. OFFICIALS BELIEVE
THE GROUND. U.S. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE SHOOTDOWN WAS AN
U.S. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE SHOOTDOWN WAS AN ACCIDENT AS IRAN WAS
THE SHOOTDOWN WAS AN ACCIDENT AS IRAN WAS ON HIGH ALERT FOR A
ACCIDENT AS IRAN WAS ON HIGH ALERT FOR A U.S. COUNTER ATTACK
ON HIGH ALERT FOR A U.S. COUNTER ATTACK AFTER FIRING MISSILES
U.S. COUNTER ATTACK AFTER FIRING MISSILES AT U.S. TROOPS IN
AFTER FIRING MISSILES AT U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ.
AT U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ. >> IT WAS FLYING AT A
IRAQ. >> IT WAS FLYING AT A PRETTY ROUGH
>> IT WAS FLYING AT A PRETTY ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD, AND
PRETTY ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD, AND SOMEBODY COULD HAVE
NEIGHBORHOOD, AND SOMEBODY COULD HAVE MADE A MISTAKE.
SOMEBODY COULD HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. SOME PEOPLE SAY IT WAS
MADE A MISTAKE. SOME PEOPLE SAY IT WAS MECHANICAL.
SOME PEOPLE SAY IT WAS MECHANICAL. I PERSONALLY DON’T
MECHANICAL. I PERSONALLY DON’T THINK THAT’S EVEN A
I PERSONALLY DON’T THINK THAT’S EVEN A QUESTION, PERSONALLY.
THINK THAT’S EVEN A QUESTION, PERSONALLY. >> Reporter: AMONG THE
QUESTION, PERSONALLY. >> Reporter: AMONG THE 176 ON BOARD, 11
>> Reporter: AMONG THE 176 ON BOARD, 11 UKRAINIANS, 82
176 ON BOARD, 11 UKRAINIANS, 82 IRANIANS, AND 63
UKRAINIANS, 82 IRANIANS, AND 63 CANADIANS.
IRANIANS, AND 63 CANADIANS. >> WE HAVE
CANADIANS. >> WE HAVE INTELLIGENCE FROM
>> WE HAVE INTELLIGENCE FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES
INTELLIGENCE FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES INCLUDING OUR ALLIES
MULTIPLE SOURCES INCLUDING OUR ALLIES AND OUR OWN
INCLUDING OUR ALLIES AND OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE, THE
AND OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE, THE EVIDENCE INDICATES
INTELLIGENCE, THE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT THE PLANE WAS
EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT THE PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN BY AN
THAT THE PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN BY AN IRANIAN SURFACE TO AIR
SHOT DOWN BY AN IRANIAN SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE.
IRANIAN SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE. >> Reporter: UKRAINIAN
MISSILE. >> Reporter: UKRAINIAN NEWS ORGANIZATIONS SAY
>> Reporter: UKRAINIAN NEWS ORGANIZATIONS SAY THIS PHOTO UNCONIF I
NEWS ORGANIZATIONS SAY THIS PHOTO UNCONIF I RECALL -- UNCONFIRMED
THIS PHOTO UNCONIF I RECALL -- UNCONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS SAYS IT
RECALL -- UNCONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS SAYS IT COULD BE THE REMAINS
BY NBC NEWS SAYS IT COULD BE THE REMAINS OF A RUSSIAN-MADE
COULD BE THE REMAINS OF A RUSSIAN-MADE ROCKET.
OF A RUSSIAN-MADE ROCKET. AT THE KIEV AIRPORT
ROCKET. AT THE KIEV AIRPORT FRIENDS AND FAMILY
AT THE KIEV AIRPORT FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS REMEMBER THE
FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS REMEMBER THE PASSENGERS AND CREW
MEMBERS REMEMBER THE PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS WITH FLOWERS
PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS WITH FLOWERS AND PHOTOS.
MEMBERS WITH FLOWERS AND PHOTOS. >> WHY THEY DECIDED TO
AND PHOTOS. >> WHY THEY DECIDED TO TAKE OFF THREE, FOUR
>> WHY THEY DECIDED TO TAKE OFF THREE, FOUR HOURS AFTER AN ATTACK
TAKE OFF THREE, FOUR HOURS AFTER AN ATTACK INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING
HOURS AFTER AN ATTACK INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING LET’S STAY ON THE
INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING LET’S STAY ON THE GROUND FOR AWHILE,
LET’S STAY ON THE GROUND FOR AWHILE, THAT IS A QUESTION
GROUND FOR AWHILE, THAT IS A QUESTION THAT I CAN’T ANSWER
THAT IS A QUESTION THAT I CAN’T ANSWER RIGHT NOW BUT IT’S A
THAT I CAN’T ANSWER RIGHT NOW BUT IT’S A QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO
RIGHT NOW BUT IT’S A QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED.
QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED. >> TOM, YOU’VE BEEN
BE ANSWERED. >> TOM, YOU’VE BEEN REPORTING FROM THE
>> TOM, YOU’VE BEEN REPORTING FROM THE BEGINNING AVIATION
REPORTING FROM THE BEGINNING AVIATION SOURCES WERE
BEGINNING AVIATION SOURCES WERE SUSPECTING A MISSILE.
SOURCES WERE SUSPECTING A MISSILE. WHAT WAS THEIR BIGGEST
SUSPECTING A MISSILE. WHAT WAS THEIR BIGGEST CLUE?
WHAT WAS THEIR BIGGEST CLUE? >> THE SIZE OF THE
CLUE? >> THE SIZE OF THE FIRE BALL IN THE SKY.
>> THE SIZE OF THE FIRE BALL IN THE SKY. AN ENGINE FIRE
FIRE BALL IN THE SKY. AN ENGINE FIRE WOULDN’T BE THAT BIG
AN ENGINE FIRE WOULDN’T BE THAT BIG AND PILOTS WOULD HAVE
WOULDN’T BE THAT BIG AND PILOTS WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FLY THE
AND PILOTS WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FLY THE PLANE AND THEY WOULD
BEEN ABLE TO FLY THE PLANE AND THEY WOULD NOT HAVE LOST ALL OF
PLANE AND THEY WOULD NOT HAVE LOST ALL OF THEIR CALMS AT ONCE.

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