/Airlines turn BACK from Iranian airspace after West said Tehran DID shoot down Ukrainian flight

Airlines turn BACK from Iranian airspace after West said Tehran DID shoot down Ukrainian flight

Iran fired two ‘Russian-made’ missiles at the jetliner that crashed Tuesday, killing 176 people after mistaking the passenger plane for a ‘US bomber,’ according to reports. The tragedy was captured by satellites and in a chilling video that shows a missile hitting the Ukrainian Air flight moments after takeoff. 

Reacting to revelations, European planes heading to Tehran turned around in mid-air on Thursday as the US, Canada, Britain and Australia all confirmed that Iran shot down the plane.

Lufthansa’s daily direct flight from Frankfurt to Tehran was turned around over Romania and returned to Germany while a flight from Vienna landed at Sofia before returning to Austria, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24. 

All of Friday’s flights to Tehran have also been cancelled by the carriers. 

It comes as new video emerged that seemed to show the moment an Iranian missile hit the passenger plane just before it crashed, killing everyone on-board.

Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson have all blamed Iran for the downing of the plane, which they say may have been an accident. 

US intelligence also said that satellites detected a radar system being turned on and the infrared blips of two missile launches, probably SA-15s, followed shortly by another infrared blip of an explosion.  

Photos shared on social media also appear to show the anti-aircraft missile that apparently hit the plane, found near the crash site. 

Despite the statements, Tehran is still refusing to claim responsibility for shooting down the plane, inviting Canadian and US officials to investigate the crash site after Iranian experts already combed the debris.

A Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Tehran was turned around over Romania before heading back to Germany, instead of going on to Iran

A Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Tehran was turned around over Romania before heading back to Germany, instead of going on to Iran

A Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Tehran was turned around over Romania before heading back to Germany, instead of going on to Iran

An Austrian Airlines flight was supposed to stop at Sofia before heading onto Tehran but instead turned back to Austria

An Austrian Airlines flight was supposed to stop at Sofia before heading onto Tehran but instead turned back to Austria

An Austrian Airlines flight was supposed to stop at Sofia before heading onto Tehran but instead turned back to Austria

An image of anti-aircraft missile debris, supposedly from near the site of the downed Ukrainian Airlines flight, shared on social media

An image of anti-aircraft missile debris, supposedly from near the site of the downed Ukrainian Airlines flight, shared on social media

An image of anti-aircraft missile debris, supposedly from near the site of the downed Ukrainian Airlines flight, shared on social media

New video has emerged that seems to show the moment an Iranian missile hit the passenger plane just before it crashed, killing everyone on-board

New video has emerged that seems to show the moment an Iranian missile hit the passenger plane just before it crashed, killing everyone on-board

New video has emerged that seems to show the moment an Iranian missile hit the passenger plane just before it crashed, killing everyone on-board

Sources believe the Ukraine International Airlines jet may have been destroyed by accident by surface-to-air anti-aircraft fire

Sources believe the Ukraine International Airlines jet may have been destroyed by accident by surface-to-air anti-aircraft fire

Sources believe the Ukraine International Airlines jet may have been destroyed by accident by surface-to-air anti-aircraft fire

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, holds a candle on Parliament Hill during a vigil for the victims who were killed in the plane crash

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, holds a candle on Parliament Hill during a vigil for the victims who were killed in the plane crash

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, holds a candle on Parliament Hill during a vigil for the victims who were killed in the plane crash

The solemn Prime Minister was joined by dozens of people as they paid tribute to the passengers who died in the plane crash

The solemn Prime Minister was joined by dozens of people as they paid tribute to the passengers who died in the plane crash

The solemn Prime Minister was joined by dozens of people as they paid tribute to the passengers who died in the plane crash

The US National Transportation Safety Board said late Thursday that it would ‘evaluate its level of participation in the investigation.’

The extent of the NTSB’s role could be limited by US sanctions on Iran.

Under rules set by a United Nations aviation organization, the NTSB is entitled to participate in the investigation because the crash involved a Boeing 737-800 jet that was designed and built in the US.

Despite Iran’s denials, American officials are confident Iran shot down the plane, just hours after launching a missile barrage at bases holding US troops. 

The statements from Western leaders were followed by the Tehran-bound flights turning around.

Austrian Airlines said in a statement on Twitter: ‘Due to the latest reports and the changed assessment of the security situation for the airspace around Tehran airport, Austrian Airlines has cancelled today’s and tomorrow’s rotation OS 871/OS 872 to Tehran.’

Lufthansa said in its statement: ‘Lufthansa confirms that Thursday’s flight LH 600 on its way from Frankfurt to Tehran returned to Frankfurt. Lufthansa continues to evaluate the situation on site together with national and international authorities. The flight from/to Tehran will be cancelled on Friday.’ 

The Canadian prime minister, at a vigil for the victims of the plane crash, was the first world leader to say Iran had downed the passenger jet

The Canadian prime minister, at a vigil for the victims of the plane crash, was the first world leader to say Iran had downed the passenger jet

The Canadian prime minister, at a vigil for the victims of the plane crash, was the first world leader to say Iran had downed the passenger jet

Despite Trudeau's statement, Iran refuses to take responsibility for downing the jet and has invited Canadian officials to observe the crash site

Despite Trudeau's statement, Iran refuses to take responsibility for downing the jet and has invited Canadian officials to observe the crash site

Despite Trudeau’s statement, Iran refuses to take responsibility for downing the jet and has invited Canadian officials to observe the crash site

Trudeau places a candle on Parliament Hill during the vigil for the victims who were killed in the plane crash in Iran on January 8

Trudeau places a candle on Parliament Hill during the vigil for the victims who were killed in the plane crash in Iran on January 8

Trudeau places a candle on Parliament Hill during the vigil for the victims who were killed in the plane crash in Iran on January 8

New video appears to show a missile hitting the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran moments before it went down

New video appears to show a missile hitting the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran moments before it went down

The footage released by BNO News on Thursday emerged hours after Pentagon officials said they believe the Ukrainian Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran killing 176 people Wednesday was shot out of the sky by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system

The footage released by BNO News on Thursday emerged hours after Pentagon officials said they believe the Ukrainian Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran killing 176 people Wednesday was shot out of the sky by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system

New video appears to show a missile hitting the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran moments before it went down. The footage released by BNO News on Thursday emerged hours after Pentagon officials said they believe the Ukrainian Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran killing 176 people Wednesday was shot out of the sky by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he has serious doubts that the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran was caused by mechanical failure after Pentagon officials claimed that the jet was shot down

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he has serious doubts that the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran was caused by mechanical failure after Pentagon officials claimed that the jet was shot down

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he has serious doubts that the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran was caused by mechanical failure after Pentagon officials claimed that the jet was shot down

US intelligence is 'confident' that Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 which crashed just outside Tehran on Wednesday morning was shot down by Iranian anti-aircraft batteries (pictured, missile wreckage reportedly found near the scene)

US intelligence is 'confident' that Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 which crashed just outside Tehran on Wednesday morning was shot down by Iranian anti-aircraft batteries (pictured, missile wreckage reportedly found near the scene)

US intelligence is ‘confident’ that Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 which crashed just outside Tehran on Wednesday morning was shot down by Iranian anti-aircraft batteries (pictured, missile wreckage reportedly found near the scene) 

Footage showing the plane seemingly being hit by a missile 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.’ 

Two Pentagon officials added that the missiles were likely launched in error by Iranian anti-aircraft crews awaiting a US response to Iran’s rocket strikes against American bases in Iraq hours earlier, according to Newsweek.  

The plane, a Boeing 737-800 en route from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport to Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, encountered a problem moments after takeoff in the early hours of Wednesday.

Video showed the aircraft in flames in the air before coming down and exploding a short distance from the city. 

Questions were first raised when pictures of the plane debris appeared to show shrapnel holes in the fuselage. US officials now say they detected two missile launches just before an explosion, believed to have come from the jet

Questions were first raised when pictures of the plane debris appeared to show shrapnel holes in the fuselage. US officials now say they detected two missile launches just before an explosion, believed to have come from the jet

Questions were first raised when pictures of the plane debris appeared to show shrapnel holes in the fuselage. US officials now say they detected two missile launches just before an explosion, believed to have come from the jet 

Witnesses said they heard 'two very loud noises' coming from Parandak garrison moments before the Ukrainian airline crashed in farmland just after take off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. A section of rocket was said to have been found in front of a home in the city of Parand

Witnesses said they heard 'two very loud noises' coming from Parandak garrison moments before the Ukrainian airline crashed in farmland just after take off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. A section of rocket was said to have been found in front of a home in the city of Parand

Witnesses said they heard ‘two very loud noises’ coming from Parandak garrison moments before the Ukrainian airline crashed in farmland just after take off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. A section of rocket was said to have been found in front of a home in the city of Parand 

Wreckage of the plane which investigators in Iran say was trying to turn back to the airport when it crashed as the result of a mechanical fault, killing 176 people

Wreckage of the plane which investigators in Iran say was trying to turn back to the airport when it crashed as the result of a mechanical fault, killing 176 people

Wreckage of the plane which investigators in Iran say was trying to turn back to the airport when it crashed as the result of a mechanical fault, killing 176 people

Flight PS752 was destroyed just hours after Tehran launched attacks on two US military bases in Iraq in revenge for the American killing of its military leader Qassem Suleimani.

Sources believe the Ukraine International Airlines jet may have been destroyed by accident by surface-to-air anti-aircraft fire because Iran thought it was under attack. 

Last night, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the first world leader to officially point the finger at Iran.

He said: ‘We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies, and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional.’

Insisting ‘the best British experts’ should be involved in the investigation into the incident, Boris Johnson said last night: ‘The loss of life is a tragedy. There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may have been unintentional.

New footage shows the moment a burning Ukrainian passenger jet exploded into pieces near Tehran early yesterday morning

New footage shows the moment a burning Ukrainian passenger jet exploded into pieces near Tehran early yesterday morning

New footage shows the moment a burning Ukrainian passenger jet exploded into pieces near Tehran early yesterday morning 

Debris from the plane

Debris from the plane

Debris from the plane

Debris from the plane

Debris from the plane after it exploded in a fireball near Tehran yesterday morning 

An image from the flight tracker website Flightradar24 showing the path of the Ukranian International Airlines jet which crashed just over two minutes after taking off from Tehran

An image from the flight tracker website Flightradar24 showing the path of the Ukranian International Airlines jet which crashed just over two minutes after taking off from Tehran

An image from the flight tracker website Flightradar24 showing the path of the Ukranian International Airlines jet which crashed just over two minutes after taking off from Tehran

‘We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there needs to be a full, transparent investigation. The UK continues to call on all sides urgently to de-escalate to reduce tensions in the region.’

Australia’s prime minister says his government has received intelligence that suggests the downing of a civilian Ukrainian jetliner in Iran was unintentional.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments Friday come after officials from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom said it is highly likely that Iran shot down the plane that crashed near Tehran on Tuesday. They said the fiery missile strike could well have been a mistake amid rocket launches and high tension throughout the region.

Morrison told reporters: ‘Australia has received similar intelligence to that which has been spoken to by both the prime minister of Canada and from out of the United States. … All of the intelligence as presented to us today does not suggest an intentional act.’

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