What caused a Ukranian plane to crash in Tehran? | Inside Story

There’ve been claims, counter-claims and outright denials. The head of Iran’s Civil Aviation body insists the Ukrainian airliner that crashed near Tehran this week was not shot down by Iranian missiles.
But Canada says it has intelligence and evidence indicating the plane was downed by Iran.
Just four hours before the plane crashed killing all 176 on board, Iran had fired a volley of missiles towards Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops.
U.S. President Donald Trump says there is “no question” Tehran is involved . But many are questioning whether America is partly responsible for raising tensions in the region.
Iran has dismissed allegations that it was involved as ‘psychological warfare’ and has invited the U.S. plane maker, Boeing to join the investigation.
So, will the truth behind this crash be revealed?
And could that spill into wider political conflict?

Presenter: Martine Dennis

David Learmount, Consulting Editor at Flightglobal and a Former Royal Air Force Pilot.
Justin Bronk, Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.
Jarrett Blanc, former State Department Official.

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In This Story: Iran

Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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