Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Iran's civil aviation authority has confirmed that two missiles were launched at a Ukrainian passenger jet just after it took off from Tehran's international airport bound for Kyiv on January 8.

The authority said in a second preliminary report on the crash, which killed all 176 passengers on board, that it was still assessing the disaster.

'Investigators...discovered that two Tor-M1 missiles... were fired at the aircraft,' the report said.

The Tor-M1 is a short-range surface-to-air missile originally developed by the former Soviet Union and designed to target aircraft or cruise missiles.

The Iranian statement confirmed last week's report in The New York Times which included a video recording that appears to show two missiles being fired at the Ukrainian plane.

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