Ukraine jet that crashed may have been shot down: officials

UKRAINE’S top security official said on Thursday that its passenger airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board, may have been downed by a Russian-made missile.
The plane, carrying mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians, crashed on Wednesday amid a spiralling escalation between Tehran and Washington.
A team of 45 Ukrainian experts has arrived in the Iranian capital to examine why the Ukrainian International Airlines plane plunged from the sky minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told journalists.
Meanwhile, US officials have claimed that the plane was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defences, as President Donald Trump said he had a terrible feeling about the tragedy while offering no evidence.
“Somebody could have made a mistake,” Trump told reporters, adding that he had suspicions about the crash but gave no other details.
Iran’s head of civil aviation, Ali Abedzadeh, has dismissed these suggestions as “illogical rumours”, according to Iran’s ISNA news agency.
The Boeing 737-800 was last seen on radar at 2,400 metres, according to the FlightRadar24 monitoring website, hours after Tehran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at US facilities in neighbouring Iraq.
Earlier, Iran said the plane caught fire and was trying to turn back, but its crew did not make a call for help.
Al Jazeera