New footage shows moment two missiles hit passenger jet in Iran

Olivia Lambert
Associate News Editor

New footage has emerged showing the moment two Iranian missiles collide with a passenger jet in Iran.

Just moments after the Ukraine International Airlines plane took off from the airport in Iran’s capital of Tehran last week, it was downed by the missiles, killing all 176 people on board.

In the days following the crash, Iran announced its military ‘unintentionally’ shot down the jet and blamed “human error”.

The Boeing 737 went down on the outskirts of Tehran hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at US forces in neighbouring Iraq in retaliation to the US killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3.

The second missile is seen heading towards the plane before the collision. Source: New York Times

In the new video of the attack, obtained by the New York Times, a first missile is seen being launched before a second one strikes the plane about 30 seconds later.

The first one hurtles towards the Boeing before hitting it and disabling the plane’s transponder, the Times reports.

The second missile is then seen striking the jet, which explodes into a fireball and starts descending to the ground.

An eerie flight map from the time of the crash also showed how the plane stopped sending data almost immediately after taking off.

The video comes after a photo was released earlier this week revealing where the missile struck.

The moment the second missile hits the Ukraine International Airlines plane. Source: New York Times

Ukraine’s top security official, Oleksiy Danilov, said it was struck beneath the cockpit following its departure from the Imam Khomeini International Airport.

The image released by the National Security and Defence Council shows the plane’s soot-covered wreckage after being shot down.

The cockpit is split in two below the windscreen, with the bottom half missing.

“It explains why we didn't hear anything from the pilots. They died immediately after the first hit,” Danilov told the BBC.

The top half of the cockpit after being downed in Tehran. Source: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service via Reuters

Iran makes arrests after jet shot down

Iran claims it has arrested people accused of a role in the shooting down of the plane, and has detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation for four days since the military belatedly admitted its error.

President Hassan Rouhani promised a thorough investigation into the "unforgivable error" in an address on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian jetliner plane was shot down by Iranian missiles last week. Source: UGC via AP

It was the latest in a series of apologies by the leadership that has done little to quell public anger.

Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said some of those accused of having a role in the plane disaster had been arrested, although he did not say how many or identify them.

With Reuters

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