TRAGIC: Canadian PM says Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran was shot down

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that intelligence suggests that a Ukrainian jet that crashed Wednesday in Iran was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

The plane was carrying 60 Canadians when it went down just hours after Iran launched a missile attack on US troops based in Iraq. The incident occurred shortly after the aeroplane carrying a total of 176 people left an airport in Iran.

“What happened yesterday was a tragedy, a tragedy that shocked not only Canada but the world. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional,” Trudeau said at a press conference Thursday (Jan 9).

The site of the plane crash in Iran.

The government of Iran initially blamed the deadly crash on engine failure. US President Donald Trump, responding to questions from reporters on the issue, said that “somebody could have made a mistake” with the downing of the aircraft.