Let’s be real, we all initially thought that Iran had accidentally shot down the plane.
That suspicion intensified for many when almost immediately Iran issued a statement saying that the three-year-old Boeing 737-800, after being in the air for just a couple of minutes, suddenly had engine trouble and crashed with no survivors.
Then Iran made it clear that they refuse to give up the black box to Ukraine or Boeing and finally, claimed the black box was “missing.”
It was starting to look like they had hired Jussie Smollett as their new Minister of Propaganda.
But now some chilling video has been released that appears to show the moment that the plane was hit.
The footage emerged Thursday afternoon, hours after President Donald Trump revealed he has serious doubts the crash was caused by mechanical failure, as Iranian officials have claimed.
‘It was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood. Somebody could have made a mistake,’ Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday. ‘I have a feeling that something very terrible happened, very devastating.’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later echoed Trump’s concerns, saying that evidence indicates an Iranian missile downed the and that the strike ‘may have been unintentional’.
Trudeau said Canadian and allied intelligence supports that conclusion. He declined to get into the specific intelligence, but said it appeared it was a surface-to-air missile that struck the plane.
‘The intelligence evidence suggests very clearly a possible and probable cause for the crash,’ Trudeau told a news conference.
Source: Daily Mail
Shortly after the speculation from both President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau, the Iranian government issued a statement denying that the passenger plane was struck down by a missile. Ali Rabiei, a spokesman for the Iranian government said, “All these reports are a psychological warfare against Iran. All those countries whose citizens were aboard the plane can send representatives and we urge Boeing to send its representative to join the process of investigating the black box.”
A disturbing video appears to show the moment that the missile hit the plane and the thud when the plane fell to the ground.
Another video shows the fiery debris hitting the ground.
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Iran was firing back at non-targets in Iraq in order to save face after the targeted strike called by Trump that killed terror mastermind Qasem Soleimani, but the Iranian government gave warning and didn’t really intend to harm anyone because that would cause an escalation in tensions and they certainly don’t want that.
But, this is the kind of regime that didn’t have the sense to ground all planes while they decided to launch a fake show of strength against the United States.
This is truly a senseless tragedy.