UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said “a body of information” revealed the Ukrainian jet that crashed in Tehran was unintentionally shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
The UK leader made the assertion after US officials and the Canadian leader Justin Trudeau said Iran most likely may have been involved in the crashing of the Ukrainian jet Flight 752.
Although the leader of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation openly denied all allegations that points to the airliner been hit down by an Iranian missile. It had initially cast blames on technical issue.
Boris Johnson said in a statement: “There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile. This may well have been unintentional.
“We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation.”
According to Mr Johnson, four Britons died in the Ukrainian jet crash, quite different from the three that was reported earlier.
The first three reported victims from UK are engineer Sam Zokaei, from Surrey, Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi, from west London, and Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda Zadeh, from near Brighton.
Mr Johnson’s statement was reechoed by Canadian leader Trudeau, who said while addressing a press conference that evidence proves that an Iranian missile shut downed the jetliner and that the strike “may have been unintentional”.
Trudeau further said Canadian and allied intelligence supports that at least 63 Canadian citizens were on the Ukrainian Jet that crashed.
Earlier after the crash, there were claims that the plane was accidentally shut down by an Iranian surface to air missile, according to two Pentagon officials and an Iraqi intelligence official.
Newsweek had said in a report that the flight that crashed outside Tehran late on Tuesday was struck by the Russia-built Tor-M1 system also known as Gauntlet. Although the two Pentagon officials maintained that the tragedy was accidental in their report to the magazine.