İrem UZUN -TDO- Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers. All 176 passengers and crew of the Boeing 737-800 were killed. Based on multiple reports, U.S. intelligence officials now believe Iran mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian airliner that went down on Wednesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "I have my suspicions" over the plane. "Somebody could have made a mistake," he continued. Moreover, CNN and CBS have both also reported that U.S. intelligence believes Iran shot down the jetliner. CNN particularly reported that its assessment was made using "satellite, radar and electronic data" gathered by the U.S. military and intelligence community.
In a preliminary crash report issued Thursday, Iran's civil aviation authority said the plane's crew never made a radio call for help and were trying to turn back to the airport when the plane went down. The plane apparently suffered engine failure, Iranian officials said.
In Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said that investigators were looking into claims that parts of a Russian-made, surface-to-air missile stocked by Iran had been found near the crash site. The head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, Ali Abedzadeh, quickly moved to dispute any suggestion that it shot down Ukraine's commercial airliner, according to Iran state media. The Fars News Agency, citing Abedzadeh, said its missiles were not capable of reaching that altitude. Abedzadeh characterized the suggestion as "scientifically impossible".