Iran's semi-official news agency ISNA reported the crash was due to technical difficulties.
Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine's Foreign Minister, announced the nationalities of those on board the crashed jet.
He tweeted: "We are currently aware of the following information on the countries of origin of those killed in the crash £PS752 : Iran - 82; Canada - 63; Ukraine - 2 + 9 (crew); Sweden - 10; Afghanistan - 4; Germany - 3; United Kingdom - 3. We express our condolences. The Ukrainian authorities continue to investigate."
miamiair wrote:Some of the photos show skin sections with punctures similar to those made by high velocity fragments. Start the game of wait and see.
ShanwickOceanic wrote:That is a lot of Canadians.
ShanwickOceanic wrote:As country of manufacture, the US is entitled to have representation in the investigation, and so far I haven't heard anything that suggests they won't. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
Ukraine International crash investigation: mapping the first dots
A day after the crash of a Ukraine International flight in Tehran that killed 176 people, hypotheses start to emerge regarding the cause. However, given the current political climate, the investigation could prove complicated.
In a press conference following the catastrophe, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) says pilot mistake “improbable”. “Given the pilots’ experience, it is very difficult to say that the accident could be related to them,“ VP Operations Igor Sosnovsky, yet adding that Tehran airport was complex, and that UIA has been using it for years to evaluate the reaction of its flight crew when facing an emergency.
After they refused to hand the flight data recorders to the U.S. National Transport Bureau (NTSB), the Iranian authorities have yet to take a decision on the agency that will be in charge of extracting the data. The assistance from the French BEA (already in charge of extracting the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX data) or the Russian MAK could be requested. The Iran Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) published an “initial report” in which it says that while the devices were successfully recovered, they both present damages from the crash and the ensuing fire. “The main memory part of both devices is available,” it says, “but physical damage is visible.” Despite their refusal to hand the flight recorders, they formally invited the NTSB to participate in the investigation. However, sanctions on the Islamic country may prevent the U.S. authorities to cooperate.
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Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 is suspected to have been hit by fire from a Russian-built Tor M-1 (SA-15) surface-to-air missile system operated by the Iranian military, according to multiple reports.
Pentagon officials told Newsweek that the incident is believed to have been an accident, as anti-aircraft systems were likely active at the time of the suspected shoot down.The Pentagon could not confirm the report for Insider.
Zak wrote:the conclusion that the crash has been caused by a technical problem came indeed awfully quick.
Zak wrote:Seems this is indeed MH17 all over again.
halls120 wrote:It was most definitely shot down.
After 3 days of lying about it - "it was scientifically impossible" for Iran to have shot it down, now the Iranian press is claiming that it was the pilot's fault - he realized he was carrying too much fuel and turned around to return to the airport.