US Government believes Tehran airplane crash caused by Iranian ballistic missile

Courtesy CNN

Two U.S. officials now believe it is highly likely the Tehran air disaster was unintentionally caused by an Iranian ballistic missile.

It is now believed that the Tehran air disaster was unintentionally caused by an Iranian ballistic missile.

Two United States officials say it is "highly likely" that a missile launch was to blame for the Ukraine Airlines crash that killed 176 people. Suspicions mounted due to the timing of the plane crash, as it happened just hours after Iran fired missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for the killing of its top general. 

U.S. President Donald Trump is dismissing Iranian claims that it was a mechanical issue that brought down the plane and is denying any U.S. responsibility for the incident. 

The Boeing 737 flight to Kyiv, Ukraine was just six minutes into its travel time when it caught fire and crashed into a patch of farmland. All passengers and crew on the aircraft died, a number that included 63 Canadians, with 27 of them from Edmonton.

The investigation into the crash is still officially ongoing.

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