- A new video shows that two Iranian missiles struck Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 before it crashed near Tehran last week.
- The video, which was verified by The New York Times, was uploaded to YouTube by an Iranian user early on Tuesday.
- The video shows that the plane continued flying, while engulfed in flames, for a short time after the missiles hit.
A new video shows that two missiles struck Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Tehran early last Wednesday.
The video appears to be from a security camera on the roof of a building near where the plane was struck. The video, which was uploaded to YouTube by an Iranian user early on Tuesday, was verified as authentic by a New York Times investigative team.
The video shows one missile striking the plane, which appeared to result in a small explosion, followed by the second missile strike about 20 seconds later.
Neither missile immediately downed the plane, which continued to fly for several minutes and attempted to return to the airport. In the new video, the plane appears to be on fire shortly after the second missile hits it.
The Times said the new video could help explain why the plane’s transponder stopped transmitting before the crash, suggesting it was disabled by the first missile.
The crash happened hours after Iran fired a barrage of missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing US forces. Iranian officials initially denied that it shot down the plane, before reversing and confirming that it fired the missiles, blaming human error as the military was on high alert in case of retaliatory strikes.
Iranian officials have said that the plane wandered too close to a military site, but an analysis of transponder data from previous flights to Kyiv and other flights on Wednesday morning found that Flight 752 did not deviate from its normal route or vary significantly from other civil flights that day.
Iran’s missile strike, which did not kill or injure any US troops at the Iraqi bases, was in retaliation for a US strike that killed Iran’s most prominent military general, Qassem Soleimani.
BREAKING: New video appears to show missile hitting Flight 752 before it crashed near Tehran, killing 176 people pic.twitter.com/Jb3Cy3OgUT
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