Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is addressing the nation amid multiple reports pointing the finger at Iran for the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines flight, killing all on board including 138 people who were headed to Canada.
Posted by CHEK News: Official Page on Thursday, January 9, 2020
Trudeau is addressing the nation as plane crash probe reports point finger at Iran.
U.S. officials have shared intelligence with Canada that the Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Iran on Wednesday was ‘highly likely’ shot down by an Iranian missile, sources tell CBC News and The Associated Press.
All 176 people on board, including 63 Canadians, died in the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800. The plane crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran’s airport on Wednesday.
The officials, citing U.S. intelligence, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information. They had no immediate information on intent.
Briefings among senior Canadian government and military officials have been taking place all morning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to address the nation this afternoon amid multiple reports pointing the finger at Iran for the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines flight.
On Wednesday, Trudeau told a press conference on Parliament Hill that the government couldn’t rule out that the plane had been shot down, but he also cautioned it was too early to speculate on a cause.
Earlier Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested he believes Iran was responsible, without laying direct blame.
Iran’s civil aviation authority says it has invited Canadian investigators from the Transportation Safety Board to join a growing team probing the crash.
With files from CBC and Canadian Press.