The moment a Ukrainian plane was taken down by an Iranian missile appears to have been captured in a chilling video.
On Wednesday morning, all 176 people on board Flight PS752 were killed minutes after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, and only a few hours after ballistic missiles were fired at US bases amid growing fears of World War 3 .
Iranian officials said the plane did not make a radio call for help and were trying to turn back to the airport when it crashed.
The footage, filmed in a pitch-black sky, captured what appears to be a missile flying through the sky.
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It appears to collide with a plane – thought to be Flight 752 – before a flash of light is seen.
The missile looks like it carries on travelling in a different direction to the aircraft for a brief moment.
Faint lights of the plane fly in the opposite direction through the sky before dwindling out and disappearing.
Seconds later a loud bang is heard which is thought to be the sound of the airliner crashing to the ground.
The plane, which was en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, flew back towards the airport ablaze before it exploded.
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Iranian authorities also confirmed that both of the so-called black boxes that contain data and cockpit communications from the plane had been recovered.
However, they claimed he devices had been damaged and some parts of their memory was lost.
Today, Boris Johnson said he has evidence which suggests the Tehran plane crash was caused by an Iranian surface to air missile and “may well have been unintentional”.
In a statement released tonight, the Prime Minister said a "full, transparent investigation" was needed and confirmed a fourth British national was killed in the crash.
He said: "The loss of life on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 is a tragedy and my thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones.
"Four British nationals were among those who were killed, and we are providing support to their families at this most terrible time.
"There is now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile. This may well have been unintentional.
"We are working closely with Canada and our international partners and there now needs to be a full, transparent investigation."
Civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said: "The plane crashed five minutes after taking off.
"The pilot had no contact with the tower and didn’t announce an emergency situation before the crash."
The airline said in a statement: "The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims."
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