U.S. Officials Say It’s ‘Highly Likely’ Iranian Missile Shot Down Ukraine Plane

Two U.S. officials on Thursday said it was “highly likely” that Iran was responsible for a missile that shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet on Tuesday.

All 176 people on board the plane were reportedly killed. The jet’s crash came just hours after Iran launched an airstrike against Iraqi military bases that housed American troops, the latest development in the escalation of the conflict between the U.S. and Iran that began with the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani.

Ukraine was also investigating who was behind the plane’s crash in Iran. The country previously experienced a similar occurrence in 2014. Russian-backed separatists at the time encroached on parts of eastern Ukraine and a Russian-made missile took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the nation and all 298 people on board were killed.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said he suspected Iran was behind the most recent attack on a Ukrainian jet and added he disagreed with Iran’s initial statement that a mechanical malfunction was to blame for the crash.

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!

A week of political news in your in-box.
We find the news you need to know, so you don't have to.


American officials cited the presence of satellites in the vicinity of the plane crash to explain their belief that Iran caused the incident. A preliminary Iranian report from Thursday stated the jet’s pilots never called for help and said the plane was attempting to return to the airport when it started going down.

The crash is also likely to hurt Boeing’s reputation, as three of the manufacturer’s planes have now crashed over the last year. The previous two were both the 737 Max model. Boeing’s CEO was fired last month in the wake of the outrage over these incidents. The company said Thursday it is prepared to help with the latest crash in any way possible.

Pablo Mena

Writer for NY Giants and Rangers fan. Film and TV enthusiast (especially Harry Potter and The Office) and lover of foreign languages and cultures.

Recent Posts

Biden Administration Proposes New Student Debt Relief Plan

President Joe Biden's administration announced new student loan plans that could provide aid to millions…

23 hours ago

Special Counsel Jack Smith Asks Supreme Court To Deny Trump’s Immunity Claim

In a new court filing, Special Counsel Jack Smith urged the Supreme Court to deny…

2 days ago

Biden Faces Challenges Getting On The Ohio & Alabama Ballots

According to a letter from Ohio's secretary of state, Frank LaRose, President Joe Biden may…

2 days ago

After Trump Says States Should Determine Abortion Laws, Democrats Try To Make Him Own The Issue

On Monday, Donald Trump said abortion laws should be determined by U.S. states, seemingly taking a more…

2 days ago

After Alabama Democrat Flips House Seat Amid IVF Controversy, Democrats Wonder If They Can Make A Comeback In The Reddest Of States

Last week, Democrat Marilyn Lands defeated Republican Teddy Powell in a special election for a state House seat in…

3 days ago

Who Is Nicole Shanahan, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s New V.P. Running Mate

Last week, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced that San Francisco attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan would…

5 days ago