Missile ‘highly likely’ took down Ukraine flight in Tehran

Iran denies it shot down the jetliner, but footage seems to reinforce Western intelligence that its anti-aircraft systems caused the crash.
3:32 | 01/10/20

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Transcript for Missile ‘highly likely’ took down Ukraine flight in Tehran
Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy Thursday night. And we begin tonight with the growing certainty from U.S. Intelligence that it was an Iranian missile that brought down that passenger jet that crashed outside Tehran. Allowed to take off just hours after Iran launched those missiles targeting the U.S. Military. And tonight here, this new video posted by a resident in a Tehran neighborhood, showing the plane on fire and then crashing. This CCTV video airing on Iranian media showing the moment of impact after the crash site. The devastation where the passenger jet came down just minutes after takeoff. All 176 people onboard died. 63 of them Canadians. Tonight, Iran is defiant, calling it scientifically impossible that they are to but what's now been done at the crash site. And there is news coming in, will U.S. Investigators now be allowed in? ABC's David Kerley, who covers aviation, leading us off. Reporter: For the first time tonight, this -- what appears to be the moment that 737 is hit by a missile. This video shot in the neighborhood of the last tracked positional of the Ukrainian jetliner. That missile can be seen streaking upwards before impact. The sound following seconds later. The crippled jetliner in this video posted by a resident outside Tehran shows the plane apparently on fire, breaking apart and crashing three miles away. That impact also captured by CCTV video, which is airing on the moment of impact with debris streaking past the camera. All videos reinforcing western intelligence out tonight that Iran's anti-aircraft system hit the jetliner. More than a third of the 176 onboard were Canadian. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile. This may have well been unintentional. Reporter: The American intelligence community is confident. A U.S. Official confirms to ABC that Iran turned on a radar aimed at the jetliner, which would guide anti-aircraft missiles from a mobile launcher. A U.S. Satellite then captured the firing of two missiles at the 737, which was less than 5,000 feet off the ground. The warheads of those missiles would explode near the aircraft, blowing into bits of shrapnel that would pierce the aircraft in multiple locations. Pictures from the scene yesterday showed what appear to be shrapnel holes in the wreckage of the Ukrainian jet. President trump wouldn't say if he thought the jet was shot down, but -- Somebody could have made a mistake. Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don't think that's even a question, personally. Reporter: Iran continues to deny it shot down the jet, calling it scientifically impossible, but look at what the Iranian government has done. This was the scene hours after the crash yesterday. ABC news has exclusively obtained this video from this morning. The crash scene cleared of wreckage. The potential evidence. Just incredible. David Kerley with us live from Washington. You just reported there that the crash site has been cleared and rather quickly, David, just as we get word tonight that U.S. Investigators might be allowed into Iran now? Reporter: As well as the Canadians, the French and the Ukrainians. The U.S., if it accepts the invitation, the NTSB then would undoubtedly invite Boeing to also take part in this investigation, David. But of course, that crash site has been cleared. David Kerley, thank you. And you heard the president

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