The head of Iran’s national aviation department is denying Western allegations the Ukraine International Airlines flight that crashed near Tehran earlier this week was brought down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have said a strike might have been unintentional. Iran is now calling for both Canada and the U.S. to release the data backing their claims. Trudeau told Canadians yesterday that the evidence and intelligence gathered to this point suggests the jetliner was struck by a missile, and there must be a full and credible investigation. Federal officials are warning it could take years before we have the answers into what led to the crash.
Here is the Prime Minister’s speech:
Of the 176 passengers aboard the Ukraine International Airlines plane that went down in Tehran earlier this week, 138 had a connecting flight to Canada and 63 were Canadian citizens. Vigils were held across the country Thursday night as friends, family and others came together to mourn their losses, and share their grief with one another. Hundreds braved the cold to attend a vigil at Parliament Hill, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those laying flowers and taking a moment to reflect on the tragedy.
Thank you @JustinTrudeau for your offer to support Ukraine in investigating the plane crash in Iran. For both our countries, it's a shared pain. Our thoughts are with the families of the citizens of Canada who died in this crash.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 9, 2020
Canada and Ukraine are grieving together. Earlier today, I spoke with President @ZelenskyyUa about the tragic plane crash in Iran and the need for a thorough investigation. More on our call here: https://t.co/29B90KdP92
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 10, 2020
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