Tehran, Iran - A new video footage revealed that Ukrainian Flight 752 was hit by a missile before it crashed.
The video was reportedly recorded by a security surveillance camera. It shows the missiles were fired from a mobile air defense near Tehran eight miles away from the aircraft.
The new video explains why the aircraft’s transponder stopped squawking while it was still flying. The transponder stopped working when the first missile hit the aircraft. Transponder failure is no longer an excuse for Iranian authorities. T
Previous videos and statements by the Iranian authorities made global public to assume that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 was hit only by one missile.
How Flight 752 was hit?
In the early hours of Jan. 8, Iran targeted the US bases in Iraq with ballistic missiles as a response to an American drone strike, which killed the Iranian Revolution Guards commander General Qassim Suleimani.
Iranian defense units were most likely on high alert during that time against a possible U.S. counter-attack. Four hours later from the missile attacks, Flight 752 operated by Ukraine International Airlines took off from Imam Khomeini International Airport at 6:12 a.m.
The aircraft climbed at 8,000 feet in three minutes before it was shot down by two Russian-made Iranian anti-craft missiles. The aircraft kept flying and circling over Tehran after it was shot by the first missile and its transponder stopped squawking.
A second missile hit the aircraft within 30 seconds and it crashed narrowly missing the village of Khalaj Abad near Tehran.
Iranian officials said the air defense unit mistook the passenger jet for a cruise missile. Iran first declared the aircraft crashed due to a technical problem. Iranian authorities later had to take responsibility for the mistake, after video footage have begun circulating on social media, showing the moment plane was being hit by a missile.
Iran blamed the US for the tension and pointed out human error for missile launch.