Video Shows Ukrainian Plane Being Hit Over Iran

TBILISI(BPI)- The New York Times has obtained video of the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit minutes after takeoff from Tehran.


0:19Video Shows Ukrainian Airliner Being Hit Over Iran
The New York Times has obtained and verified video showing the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit in Iran.CreditCredit…Screenshot from video

Video verified by The New York Times appears to show an Iranian missile hitting a plane near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian jet crashed on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

As investigators work to determine an official cause of the accident, the video offered new clues about the crash, which came hours after a violent confrontation between Iran and the United States. American and allied officials on Thursday said they believed an Iranian missile had accidentally brought the plane down.

A small explosion occurred when what appears to be a missile hit the plane above Parand, a city near the airport, but the plane did not explode, the video showed. The jet continued flying for several minutes and turned back toward the airport, The Times has determined. The plane, which by then had stopped transmitting its signal, flew toward the airport ablaze before it exploded and crashed quickly, other videos verified by The Times showed.


4 Video from this area showed the plane

heading in the direction of the airport

before it crashed.

3 Video from this area appeared

to show the plane being hit.

Site of crash

2 The last signal was received

two minutes after takeoff.

Flight 752 departed

at 6:12 a.m.

Imam Khomeini

International Airport


Sources: Flightradar24, OpenStreetMap, Google | Note: Times are in local time.

By Lauren Leatherby and Anjali Singhvi

Visual and sonic clues in the footage also matched flight path information and satellite imagery of the area near where the plane crashed. The satellite images were taken on Thursday and provided to The Times by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company.



By The New York Times | Source: Screenshots from video provided by Nariman Gharib; satellite image by Maxar Technologies.

Other details in the video help verify its authenticity. Buildings seen in the background are at least five stories high and have a distinctive design. Several rows of evenly spaced buildings are visible, consistent with the aerial view of the building compound in satellite imagery.

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