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Iran Confirms Two TOR-M1 Missiles Were Fired At Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752

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Iran Confirms Two TOR-M1 Missiles Were Fired At Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752

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The Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 had two Tor-M1 missiles fired at it from the north.

This was revealed on January 20th, when the Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran released a 2nd report on the downed Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752.

Ukraine, the US, France, Sweden, the UK and Canada have so far introduced their representatives to be provided with access to crash data.

According to the report, the Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 took off from runway 29R at Imam Khomenei International Airport at 06:12 a.m. local time on January 8th and was then delivered to approach unit at Mehrabad Airport in the capital.

From 06.18 a.m. onward, the radar controller repeatedly tried to contact the pilot as the flight information was lost, but he received no answer, it added.

The radar data showed the plane was flying at an altitude of 8,100 feet, but the aircraft identification and altitude information later disappeared from the radar screen.

No radio messages were received from the pilot regarding unusual circumstances.

After samples were examined at the crash site, the possibility of laser and electromagnetic (radioactive) rays having hit the aircraft was excluded.

Samples were taken to indicate whether there was an explosion inside or outside of the airplane. Preliminary examinations suggest the need for the plane wreck to be subjected to thorough investigation for possible traces of explosives.

The report further noted that the black boxes feature cutting-edge technology and Iran lacks the technical facilities to decode them.

“If devices are provided, the information (on the black boxes) can be restored and retrieved in a short period of time,” it added.

The Civil Aviation Organization requested from the US and French accident investigation agencies to provide Tehran with a list of equipment required to decode the black boxes and examine the possibility of them being transferred to Iran.

Neither of the organizations had responded positively, and Iran was considering purchasing the equipment itself.

As reported, on January 20th, at a meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyrr Zelensky and Iran’s President’s Special Representative Mohammad Eslami in Kiev, it was said that a group of Iranians would arrive in Ukraine to familiarize themselves with Ukraine’s technical capabilities for decrypting the black boxes of the downed plane.

The TOR surface to air missile system is designated for destroying airplanes, helicopters, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and short-range ballistic threats. The two missiles being launched is in line with a video that was released to the web, showing that allegedly two launches took place.

Iran Confirms Two TOR-M1 Missiles Were Fired At Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752

The TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile system.

They also discussed compensation for the families of the victims and the creation of a joint investigation team to ensure effective investigation and truth-finding.

Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752 crashed in the early hours of January 8th, on January 11th Iranian authorities admitted that they had accidentally shot down the plane.

The downing came amid an escalation between Washington and Tehran, in which the US assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

In response, Iran fired ballistic missiles at US military bases in Iraq, reportedly not injuring anything and causing minimal damage. Since then, there have been reports surfacing of US troops actually being injured, and equipment having been destroyed.

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