Iran Hit it with Two Missiles not One

Hülya Karahan: Production Editor

The New York Times on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, published new video clips, showing Iranian forces’ launch of two missiles at the Ukrainian passenger plane that fell and all those on board were killed.

The newspaper indicated that the new video was filmed with a security camera installed on the roof of a building in the village of Badkana, near Tehran Airport, and footage shows a missile being fired at first, targeting the plane directly, and as it was trying to return to Tehran airport, a second missile was fired 30 seconds after its predecessor, and was struck The plane again.

The two missiles were launched from an Iranian military facility about 12 kilometers from the plane, and according to the newspaper, neither of the missiles immediately shot down the plane, but the video shows that the plane caught fire and returned to the airport.

The video is not out of date
The New York Times reported that the date the footage shows is January 17, 2019 and not January 8, 2020, the day the plane was shot down, which may suggest that the video is out of date.

But the American newspaper made it clear that it confirmed the authenticity of the video, and that the inconsistencies in dates are due to the camera system using a Persian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar, so January 8 is the 18th of the tenth month in the Persian calendar and it is called “D”, so it appears in the video Date 2019-10-18.

One theory traces this difference between the Gregorian and Persian calendars to leap years, which in the Gregorian calendar means that February consists of 29 days, a phenomenon that occurs every 4 years.

Tehran vehemently denied responsibility for the accident, saying that a technical defect hit the plane and brought it down, but in the end Iran admitted that its forces shot down the Ukrainian plane by “mistake”, and its president, Hassan Rouhani, vowed to hold those responsible accountable, and he apologized for what happened.

The Ukrainian plane crash came just minutes after taking off from Tehran airport, while Iran was on high alert for a possible American military response, hours after Tehran launched missiles at American targets in Iraq, in response to Washington’s killing of the former commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, and it was Iranian forces are watching their skies for fear of a plane attack.

The plane crash killed 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 from Sweden, 4 from Afghanistan and 3 Germans, as well as 3 from the United Kingdom.