An Iranian missile likely brought down a Ukrainian plane. Here’s how it could have happened.
Ottawa, Jan.9.– An Iranian missile appears to have brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane over Iran this week killing 176 people – including 63 Canadians – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.
“We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile,” Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa.
“This may well have been unintentional.”
Trudeau wouldn’t reveal what the intelligence was, exactly, but his comments followed earlier statements from anonymous U.S. officials Thursday who said with a “high level of confidence” that the Iranians shot down the airliner accidentally, according to multiple reports.
Iran has the Russian-made Tor missile system, commonly known as the SA-15 “Gauntlet,” according to the Military Balance — an annual publication by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).