Thursday, January 9, 2020

Video Shows Ukrainian Plane Being Hit Over Iran

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

  • Jan. 9, 2020Updated 5:30 p.m. ET
Video verified by The New York Times appears to show an Iranian missile hitting a plane above Parand, near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian airliner stopped transmitting its signal before it crashed on Wednesday.

A small explosion occurred when a missile hit the plane, 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 flew toward the airport ablaze before it exploded and crashed quickly, other videos verified by The Times showed.

Visual and sonic clues in the footage 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. This helped to verify the video’s authenticity.

Sources: Flightradar24, OpenStreetMap, Google | Note: Times are in local time.
By Lauren Leatherby and Anjali Singhvi

In the video, approximately 10 seconds elapse between the flash of impact with the plane and the sound of the explosion reaching the camera. The sound delay indicates the plane was a little over two miles from the camera at the time of impact. This comports with the path of the flight, as recorded by the flight tracking company FlightRadar24.

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