Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was a scheduled passenger flight from Tehran to Kiev.
It crashed near Tehran on Wednesday 8 January 2020 carrying 176 people.
- 82 Iranians
- 63 Canadians (many of Iranian origin)
- 11 Ukrainians (two passengers and nine crew)
- 10 Swedish people
- 4 people from Afghanistan
- 3 from Germany
- 3 from the United Kingdom
There appear to be holes in the outside skin of the plane.
A VT reader offered this excellent analysis:
This was a Stinger. I am convinced.
A). MEK has smuggled MANPADs into Iran via Azerbaijan and Turkey from Libya and elsewhere. We know this.
B). The video (fortunately at night so we can analyze flame signature without light pollution) clearly shows flames from right engine destroyed at rear (look at videos of other shot down aircraft compared to those with engine fires). Importantly, The the plane is still flying and left wing still generating lift but clearly out of control. This does not happen with malfunctions or engine debris intake. Just ask Sulley Sullenberger. You can toss a 100 kg bag full of sand into an engine at full rpm and not cause this kind of damage. Plus within 15 seconds max and with reliable muscle memory (from rigorous engine out/fire training), any descent pilot would have shut off power and fuel to damaged engine and resumed flying plane. With one engine it could have maintained altitude for emergency landing
C) This is a pic of the right wing upside down. The front of the engine is still in tact but the rear and all rear wing components (flaps and brakes) are destroyed!!! There is bending at base of wing (wings are designed to bend) suggesting impact on right side. The impact crater in photo at right confirms this.
E) Left engine totally intact and what you would expect in crash.
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