US media reports that Iran mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran, killing 176 people on board.
US officials say they believe the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane was hit by a missile, CBS says.
US intelligence said a satellite detected infrared “blips” of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion, CBS News reported.
Meanwhile, Newsweek also quoted a Pentagon and a senior US intelligence officials, as well as an Iraqi intelligence official as saying they believed the Ukrainian plane was hit by a Russian-made Tor missile.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said “I have my suspicions” over the plane. “Somebody could have made a mistake,” he said.
Recall that Iran has said it will not hand over black box flight recorders recovered from a plane that crashed with 176 people on board to manufacturer Boeing or to the US.
The Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 went down just minutes after taking off from Tehran’s airport, leaving no survivors.
Ukraine earlier said it was examining whether a missile strike brought down the aircraft – but Iran ruled this out.
In total, 82 Iranians and 63 Canadians were on board the Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said.
There were also 11 victims – including nine crew members – from Ukraine, four Afghans, three Britons and three Germans.
Iran’s head of emergency operations said 147 of the victims were Iranian, which suggests many of the foreign nationals held dual nationality.