Shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, the Ukrainian International Airline’s Boeing 737-800 crashed just southwest of the region. The crash left all 176 people on board dead. On Thursday, Ukraine announced four potential scenarios that could explain the crash, one of which includes a missile strike and terrorism. An Iranian report that included witnesses said the aircraft was on fire before it hit the ground. The airliner was three-years-old and had its last scheduled maintenance on Monday. Shortly after take-off, the airliner experienced a technical problem, which caused concern for the pilot to redirect its course to a nearby airport. At the time, it was unclear if the crash was caused by a defective part or maintenance fault. However, Ukraine had theories. Oleksiy Danylov, the country’s Security Council Secretary said that after seeing rumors on social media, they want to investigate for possible Russian-made missile debris used by the Iranian military.
In recent updates, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, citing intelligence reports, that the aircraft was likely brought down by an Iranian missile. The destruction could have been unintentional. There were 63 Canadians on board the aircraft, all of which died. The Prime Minister said they will not rest until they find closure and justice. In reports from U.S. officials, it was also concluded that the aircraft was brought down by “anti-aircraft” missiles. The U.S. government believes it was a mistake, according to three U.S. officials.