January 09, 2020
Boris Johnson has said “a body of information” suggests that the Ukraine airliner that crashed in Tehran was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile and “may well have been unintentional”.
Tehran Plane Crash: Boris Johnson Says ‘Body Of Information’ Indicates Iran Missile Shot Down Ukrainian Jet
The UK prime minister made the announcement after US officials and the Canadian leader said Iran looked to have been involved in the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752.
In a statement, Johnson said: “There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile. This may well have been unintentional.
“We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation.”
Johnson also confirmed four Britons died in the plane crash, up from the earlier reports of three.
The Conservative Party leader said the government was “providing support to their families at this most terrible time”.
The three known British victims included engineer Sam Zokaei, from Surrey, Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi, from west London, and Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda Zadeh, from near Brighton.
His words were echoed by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who said at a press conference that evidence indicates an Iranian missile downed the jetliner and that the strike “may have been unintentional”.
Trudeau said Canadian and allied intelligence supports that. At least 63 Canadians were on the plane.
Earlier, it was claimed the plane was accidentally brought down by an Iranian missile, according to two Pentagon officials and an Iraqi intelligence official.
  
Newsweek reported the flight that crashed just outside Tehran late on Tuesday was struck by the Russia-built Tor-M1 system also known as Gauntlet.
The two Pentagon officials told the magazine that the tragedy was accidental.
Reuters also cited US officials as it reported the plane was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defences.
One US official said US satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion.
Two officials said Washington believed the downing of the plane was accidental.
The Associated Press quoted two US officials saying it is “highly likely” an Iranian anti-aircraft missile brought down the passenger plane.
The crash occurred soon after Iran launched missiles at military bases housing US troops in neighbouring Iraq amid a confrontation with Washington over the drone strike that killed an Iranian general last week.
The Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800, flying to Kiev and carrying mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians, crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, killing all 176 people on board.
On Thursday, a Downing Street spokesperson said prime minister Johnson  pushed for the facts to be established in a phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The spokesperson said: “The prime minister said that there needed to be a full, credible and transparent investigation into what happened.”
US president Donald Trump suggested he believes Iran was responsible and would not directly lay the blame on Iran, but dismissed their claims that it was a mechanical issue – and denied any US responsibility.
“Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side,” Trump said, noting the plane was flying in a “pretty rough neighbourhood”.
“Some people say it was mechanical,” Trump added. “I personally don’t think that’s even a question.”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.Related... Ukraine Investigators 'Want to Search Iran Plane Crash Site For Missile Debris' Ukrainian Plane Was On Fire And Trying To Turn Back When It Crashed, Investigators Say Iran Plane Crash: 3 Brits Killed In Ukrainian Jet Crash Identified
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
JoJo Siwa's Most Daring Look Yet at 2021 iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball | E! News
December 04, 2021
ukOgRIas5x4
"HSM" Star Monique Coleman Talks Corbin Bleu's Help Through Miscarriage | E! News
December 04, 2021
47JoF46KaFs
Did Kim Kardashian Throw Shade at Larsa Pippen? | E! News
December 04, 2021
JBDObC7HnN0
Adele on why she doesn’t watch ‘Housewives’ | Page Six
December 03, 2021
FACDy_rLto0
Tristan Thompson has another baby mama!? | Page Six
December 03, 2021
GQr2HHPoGSs
Heather's brings the drama on 'RHOC' & more on Virtual Reali-tea | Page Six Celebrity News
December 03, 2021
8d1EEHFlqd4
Farrah Abraham Teases 'Teen Mom: Family Reunion,' Promises Cat Fights
December 05, 2021
FzKjn727VQc
Cardi likes to party. #cardib #miami #tmz
December 05, 2021
OhCuvygeO48
Cardi B Dances at Art Basel Party in Miami Beach
December 05, 2021
J5a76Dp2nUs
Watch John Mayer Try Out His Best Standup Routine at Variety’s Hitmakers Event
December 05, 2021
rEEG-E1pMis
Jack Harlow on How Reading Harry Potter Made Him the Competitive Rapper He Is Today
December 04, 2021
ju2mg5V3844
Chloe Bailey Delivers Touching Tribute to Friend Lil Nas X At Variety Hitmakers
December 04, 2021
lyutDnTd1oQ
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.