New video of the moment a Ukrainian passenger plane was accidentally hit by an Iranian attack shows for the first time two missiles striking the aircraft.
The security camera footage, filmed on the roof of a building near Bidkaneh, was released on Tuesday by The New York Times, which also authenticated the clip.
The attack on the Boeing 737 was launched from an Iranian military site approximately eight miles away, The Times reported.
The U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in a Jan. 3 drone strike prompted Iran to launch a missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops on Jan. 8, hours before it shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in what the regime has said was an accident. All 176 aboard were killed.
According to The Times, the new footage confirms that the plane’s transponder was disabled by the initial missile.
The second missile was fired approximately 30 seconds later.
It also shows the air craft in flames as it circled back to Tehran International Airport.
The plane exploded and crashed down just minutes later.
Liberals blame Trump
Some liberal politicians in the U.S. and abroad laid the blame for the downing of Flight 752 at the feet of President Donald Trump.
“If what is being projected is true, this is yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken in a provocative way by the president of the United States,” California Rep. Jackie Speier said during an appearance on CNN last week.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview Monday that the victims of the Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iran would still be alive if the recent escalation of tensions in the region had not happened.
Global News anchor Dawna Friesen noted that Michael McCain — the CEO of Canadian processed meat giant Maple Leaf Foods, whose colleague lost family in the crash — had earlier in the day called Trump a “narcissist” and accused him of contributing to the loss of life with “irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior.”
“Is he wrong?” Freisen asked Trudeau.
“It doesn’t surprise me to see a range of conclusions and messages coming from all Canadians of different types,” Trudeau responded.
“Do you think that the people who died on that plane are collateral damage in the tensions between Iran and the U.S.?” Freisen followed up.
“I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau said. “This is something that happens when you have conflict and war. Innocents bear the brunt of it. And it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on deescalation, on moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involved further conflict.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)