Iranian officials maintain it’s ‘scientifically impossible’ for the Ukraine International Airlines flight to have been shot down by a missile

Multiple US outlets are reporting that Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Iran.

However, Iran continues to maintain that its missile defense system is not to blame.

An Iranian official said Thursday that it was “scientifically impossible” for one of their defense missiles struck the plane because of its altitude and the fact that no other planes in the area were harmed.

Despite a wave of evidence coming out Thursday suggesting that Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was hit by a surface-to-air missile before it crashed outside Tehran, Iranian officials continue to maintain they’re not to blame.

Following the new reports, an Iranian official said it’s “scientifically impossible” that one of their defense missiles hit the plane because it was flying at an elevation of 8,000 feet, the Fars News Agency reported.

However, that would make it well within the range of the 29 Tor M1 missile defense batteries that Iran purchased from Russia in 2005, which can hit targets of up to 20,000 feet in altitude.

—خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) January 9, 2020

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An English translation of the above tweet.

The official also points out that several other commercial jets were flying at that altitude at the same time, seeming to suggest that because none others were hit that the missile defense system wasn’t triggered.

The crash of the Boeing 737 came amid increased tensions between the US and Iran. Just a few hours prior, Iran conducted retaliatory airstrikes against US military installations in Iraq. The strikes were meant to avenge the death of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump on January 3.

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  1. “An Iranian official said Thursday that it was “scientifically impossible” for one of their defense missiles struck the plane because of its altitude and the fact that no other planes in the area were harmed.”

    Are Iran trying to say the Russian junk they bought, does not have the ability to lock onto a target? Or have they just employed some advisors from the Kremlin?

      • Coming out with that statement also stops them from blaming the US or Israel bringing the plane down.

        • By the way Foccusser, do you know why Zelensky went to Moscow without telling anyone? Funny he left Oman early and didn’t announce that trip either, but instead of running home to Kyiv he stopped by Moscow in Medvedchuk’s plane…..

          • Getting orders probably. Seems strange he would visit a terrorist the day after a Ukrainian plane was blown up.

  2. They’re going for the tried and tested putler method. Lies, obfuscation and distraction. No doubt soon to blame it on a ‘Zionist plot’, or some such bullshit.

    • Zelensky invited Johnson to help with the enquiry, Boris said he would send UK experts to help. I’m not sure Iran will let them anywhere near this plane.

  3. What a bunch of assfucking liars! A twelve year old could tell what happened looking at the video footage and cockpit photos! Then again, they are Russia’s ally, therefore no big surprise they now came up with this laughable bullshit…

    • Yeah, RT dispatched their finest to share their years of lying, BS, smoke screens and how to deny everything.

  4. The more often i keep watching the video footage i think the iranians gunned the ukrainian plane out of the sky on purpose. And i would assume they did not even know how many iranians were aboard. Pure hatred against Ukraine, a US ally, was the motive.

  5. Killing their own citizens (most of them) to blame America, Israel, who ever…………..The Russian disease!

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