A Ukrainian plane over Tehran was shot down by two Iranian missiles, according to U.S. intelligence.
A U.S. reconnaissance satellite before the crash of a Ukrainian plane in Iran recorded the heat trail of two missiles in the direction of the aircraft, ABC News reported, citing an unnamed senior U.S. official. he said that U.S. intelligence was convinced that Iranian radar had captured the target of the Ukrainian aircraft and then two surface-to-air missiles were launched on it, which brought down the airliner.
In turn, CNN, citing a high-ranking U.S. official, reports that the plane was shot down by two Russian-made SA-15 (Tor-M1) anti-aircraft missiles.
He also said that U.S. intelligence has data that Iranian radar captured a potential target – a Ukrainian aircraft. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed.
According to the newspaper, all the data were collected by analysts of American intelligence in the morning after the incident, but it took another day to double-check everything.
At the same time, the U.S. side assumes that the Iranians shot down the plane by mistake.
The day before, Newsweek reported that Iranian anti-aircraft missile systems (SLBMs) mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian aircraft.
The leaders of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain announced the probability of the plane being shot down by a missile. Iran denies this possibility.