According to CBS, U.S. satellites detected two missile launches shortly before the plane exploded. CNN reported that unnamed U.S. officials believe Iran mistakenly shot down the plane. CNN called it a “working theory” among U.S. brass.
Newsweek also reported on unnamed U.S. officials’ beliefs that the plane was shot down by a Russian-built anti-missile system.
The Pentagon didn’t respond to TPM’s request for comment Thursday.
The plane crash, which claimed the lives of all 176 people on board — Iranians, Canadians, Ukrainians and others — was shrouded in mystery and contradictory statements in the hours following the incident. Flight 752 crashed hours after Iran fired missiles that struck two U.S. bases in Iraq. That strike resulted in no casualties.
Various aviation experts have expressed the possibility of foul play with the Tehran crash, citing the circumstances of the incident and photographic evidence from the crash site.
Iran’s top civil aviation official, Ali Abedzadeh, said Wednesday that the United States would not be given access to the plane’s “black box,” which likely contains information about the flight’s final seconds. Ukrainian investigators would be involved, Abedzadeh said.
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