News By/Courtesy: Ishita | 16 Jan 2020 20:30pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New footage of the Ukarainian plane attack
  • Projectiles fired 30 seconds apart
  • Tehran states missile operator fired missiles by mistake.

Washington: New video footage has emerged showing two Iranian missiles tearing through the night sky and hitting a Ukrainian passenger plane, sending the aircraft down in flames and killing all 176 passengers and crew on board. 

The projectiles were fired 30 seconds apart and explain why the plane's transponder was not working as it hurtled to the grounds, it was disabled by the first strike, before being hit by a second, said the New York Times, which published the verified security camera footage on Tuesday.

The blurry film, shot from a rooftop in a village four miles from an Iranian military site, shows the Kiev-bound plane on fire and circling back to Tehran's airport, the aircraft exploded and crashed. 

Tehran came clean on Saturday when it acknowledged a missile operator had mistaken the Ukraine International Airlines plane for a cruise missile and opened fire. The incident when Iran's armed forces were on alert after launching a volley of missilies at Iraqi bases. 

Section Editor: Prithvijit Mukherjee | 16 Jan 2020 23:11pm IST


Tags : #international #ukrainianpassengerplane

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