Flight 752: Analysts say optics match Iran missile theory

Iran went on high alert early on Wednesday as Tehran sent missiles towards United States troops in Iraq to the west and waited in vain for retaliatory fire from the US.

But what happened next – rather than Iranian military targets taking a hit – was a tragedy that claimed the lives of 176 passengers and crew on a civilian aircraft that was bound for Kyiv and had just taken off from Tehran.

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed as a ball of fire in a suburb of the Iranian capital, killing everyone on board the Boeing 737-800.

Now, the governments of Iran, Ukraine and the US – where plane manufacturer Boeing Company is based – are scrambling to determine exactly what brought down the plane as the tensions surrounding the tragedy upend international norms for investigating air disasters.

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