Authorities in the US and Canada are reporting that the Ukrainian plane that crashed Wednesday killing 176 people on board was shot down by Iran, using two Russian-made surface to air missiles (SA-15).
Intelligence reports are being quoted as saying that the US saw Iranian radar signals lock onto the jetliner, before it was shot down. It was gathered that US analysts discovered the data the morning after the incident but took another day to verify.
According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, intelligence from multiple sources, including Canadian intelligence, indicated that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. “This may well have been unintentional,” Trudeau told reporters during a press conference Thursday in Ottawa, the nation’s capital.
Of the 176 people killed in the crash, at least 63 were Canadians. Trudeau called for an in-depth investigation into the crash.
The plane was headed for Kiev. Trudeau said he spoke with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky about the crash.