First Photos of Plane Unintentionally Shot Down by Iran Emerge Online

176 people died after Flight PS752 went down minutes after take-off on 8 January. Initially, Tehran said the tragedy was likely due to a technical malfunction. Now, Iranian officials have admitted the plane was shot down by the country’s military after being mistaken for a missile. The accident occurred amid high tensions with the United States.

The first photos of the ill-fated Boeing 737-800 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines have been revealed. Pictures posted on Facebook by Ukrainian journalist Uriy Butusov, who said they were provided by a source close to the investigation into the tragedy, show the wreckage of Flight P752 – the front end of the plane.

The journalist said the photos were taken at a site near the airport in Tehran, where investigation teams are examining the wreckage.

Butusov said that the investigation teams have so far found the upper part of the cockpit, which was perforated by elements of the missile. According to him, the pattern of damage indicates that the cockpit burned from the inside out and that the missile hit the bottom of the jet, as the search team has been unable to find the lower part of the cockpit. They also uncovered the passport of a Canadian citizen.

The Boeing 737-800, belonging to Ukraine International Airlines, went down in the early hours of 8 January. All 176 people on board died in the crash. Among the victims, there were dozens of Canadians and Iranians, as well as nationals from Ukraine, Sweden, the UK,…

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