US president Donald trump said “Iranian missile busted Ukrainian plane.”
A spokesman for the Iranian government said reports that missiles downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight that crashed near Tehran Wednesday are “a big lie,” state-run media reported.
The spokesman, Ali Rabiei, accused the United States of spreading misinformation about the crash, in which all 176 people on board were killed.
“No one will assume responsibility for such a big lie once it is known that the claim had been fraudulent,” Rabiei said in a statement, according to Press TV.
“It is unfortunate that the psychological operation of the US government, and those supporting it knowingly and unknowingly, are adding insult to the injury of the bereaved families and victimizing them for certain goals by propagating such fallacies.”
The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was headed for Kiev when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in the Iranian capital. The victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals.
Reports from the United States and its partners surfaced Thursday that the plane may have been shot somewhere near surface-to-air rockets.
English Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Canadian partner, Justin Trudeau, said Thursday that insight indicated the business airplane was destroyed. The two heads said it might have been unexpected and required an examination.
A US official acquainted with the knowledge said the plane was shot somewhere around two Russian-made SA-15 surface-to-air rockets. The US saw Iranian radar signals lock onto the jetliner, before it was destroyed. Video sent to Info Dunia seems to show a rocket terminated into the Tehran sky early Wednesday morning and striking an article in the sky.
Ali Abedzadeh, the leader of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, said the plane’s secret elements – which may contain information that would assist agents with making sense of what caused the accident – were harmed, so Tehran may require help deciphering them.
Abedzadeh additionally provide reason to feel ambiguous about ends the plane was destroyed. “In the event that a rocket or rocket hits a plane, it will free fall,” he told Info Dunia.