Video appears to show Ukrainian plane being hit

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Jan 10th 2020 at 11:30
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An amateur video believed to have been taken moments before a Ukrainian plane crashed in Iran on Wednesday has surfaced.

In the video, the plane appears to be hit by a missile (although this is yet to be confirmed) in the Tehran skies before catching fire and crashing at a nearby suburb.

From the video, an explosion can be heard moments after the purported missile hit in Parand.

According to the New York Times, clues in the footage matched flight path information as recorded by tracking company FlightRadar24.

Earlier, witnesses revealed that the pilot of the plane steered it away from a residential area before crashing.

“The only thing that the pilot managed to do was steer the plane towards a soccer field near here instead of a residential area back there,” witness Aref Geravand told the Associated Press. “It crashed near the field and in a water canal.”

In Ukraine, speculation is rife that the plane was brought down by a missile and the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to get to the bottom of the matter.

"We must investigate all possible causes,” he said.

Iranian officials, on their part, rubbished rumours going round regarding the cause of the accident, emphasizing that the flight data and the cockpit voice recorders had been found.

“The rumours about the plane are completely false and no military or political expert has confirmed it,” General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying.

He said the speculation was "psychological warfare" by the government's opponents.

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