A Ukrainian commercial airliner was reportedly shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
The plane was carrying 176 people, including 63 Canadians, before its takeoff from Tehran, Iran.
Shortly after takeoff, the Boeing 737 burst into flames in the sky and came crashing down to the ground.
All passengers and flight crew on board were killed.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broadcasted his condolences while claiming that the Iranian missile strike might have been “unintentional.”
“The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile,” said Trudeau. “This may well have been unintentional.”
Prime Minister Trudeau went on to add, “There have been ongoing discussions with foreign ministers, senior intelligence and military officials, including the fourth meeting of our incident response group. There have been important developments regarding the potential causes of this deadly crash, developments of which Canadians should be made aware. The news will undoubtedly come as a further shock to the families who are already grieving in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.”
President Trump responded to the tragedy by not making direct accusations while mentioning that he does “have suspicions” on what caused the crash.
“Well, I have my suspicions. It was very, I don’t want to say, that because other people have those suspicions also,” President Trump told reporters.
The Iranian government said it will not hand over black box flight recorders that were recovered from the wreckage of the Boeing 737 plane to American authorities.