Video shows that two Iranian missiles hit a Ukrainian plane

The New York Times on Tuesday verified security camera images showing, for the first time, that two missiles reached Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 on January 8. The missiles were launched from an Iranian military site about 13 kilometers from the plane.

The new video fills a void about why the plane’s transponder stopped working, seconds before being hit by a second missile.

An earlier analysis of the Times confirmed what Iran later admitted: that an Iranian missile hit the plane. The Times also established that the transponder stopped working before the missile hit the plane. The new video seems to confirm that an initial attack disabled the transponder, before the second attack, also seen in the video, about 23 seconds later.

No strike shot down the plane immediately. The new video shows the plane on fire, circling towards the international airport of Tehran. Minutes later it exploded and collapsed, missing the village of Khalaj Abad, which is shown in a previous reconstruction video of the Times.

The new video was uploaded to YouTube by an Iranian user around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

The date visible in the footage is “2019-10-17”, not January 8, the day the plane was shot down. We believe this is because the camera system is using a Persian calendar, not a Gregorian one. On January 8 it becomes Dey 18, the tenth month in the Persian calendar. Digitally, that would show up as 2019-10-18 in the video. One theory is that the discrepancy of a day can be explained by a difference between Persian and Gregorian leap years.

Haley Willis and Ainara Tiefenthäler contributed reports.

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