Iran Says Ukrainian Jet Was Downed by Two Short-Range Missiles

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(Jan 21): A Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed after taking off from the Iranian capital on Jan. 8 was downed by two short-range surface-to-air missiles, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said in a second preliminary investigation report.

The Tor-M1 missiles were launched at the Kyiv-bound Boeing 737-800 jetliner from the north, according to the report.

It also said:

    Plane took off from Tehran at 6:12 a.m. local time and lost all contact with air traffic control at 8,100 feet
    Aircraft disappeared from secondary surveillance radar screens at 6:15 a.m. and from primary surveillance radars at 6:18 a.m.
    The retrieved flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder are “some of the most advanced equipment of their kind in the world” and Iran lacks the facilities to decode them
    French and U.S. accident investigation agencies have refused to send necessary equipment to Iran for decoding the black boxes