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Iranians shot down airliner, Western leaders declare

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Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 9:55 PM CST
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U.S., Canadian and British leaders say it is “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a civilian Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board.

President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson all agreed that the fatal anti-aircraft missile could well have been fired at the jetliner by mistake.

It came amid intentional missile launches and continuing high tension after a U.S. drone strike killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general. At least 63 of the people on board were Canadians.

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Iranian state TV is reporting a Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people has crashed near an airport in the capital, Tehran.

Reports say the plane was a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800, carrying 180 people.

There is no immediate word on casualties. The state TV report says the crash Wednesday morning is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues. A civil aviation spokesman says an investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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