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Iran plane crash: Canada says evidence shows jet was shot down by Iranian missile

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US satellites reportedly detected the launch of two missiles before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion.

Thursday 9 January 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he has intelligence that indicates a passenger plane that crashed in Iran was shot down.

He described the crash as a “tragedy that not only shocked Canada, but the rest of the world.”

He added: “We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence.

“The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional.”

He said: “The news will undoubtedly come as a further shock to the families who are already grieving,” and added that the new information “reinforces the need for a thorough investigation into this matter”.

His comments came after US officials said they were “confident” the passenger plane that came down in Tehran was shot down by an Iranian missile, with President Donald Trump saying “somebody could have made a mistake”.

One US official said US satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion, Reuters news agency reported.

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