Iran Plane Crash


Alexia Perez, Staff Writer

On January 8th, 2020 a Ukrainian airplane crashed in Iran during the increasing tensions between the United States and Iran. The plane crash happened only a few hours after Iran shot missiles towards U.S. bases located in Iraq in response to the assassination of Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani. The plane was carrying several passengers from many different countries around the world including Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, and Germany. There were no survivors found among the plane crash, about 170 people died including staff of the plane.

Airlines have been working to re-route certain flights in order to prevent an increase in tensions between the U.S. and Iran, and also keep their passengers and staff out of possible dangerous areas.

Since then, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has said Canada will open an investigation in order to determine the cause of the plane crash with authorization from Iran. They went on to investigate the plane wreck and are now trying to gain possession of the plane’s black box which contains flight data recorders in hopes of finding any type of malfunctions.

After denying any involvement in the plane crash, Iran later admitted that the plane was shot down unintentionally and that the people who authorized the strike have been charged and arrested. Security footage was found and verified by The New York Times which shows the missiles striking down the Ukrainian plane.

As of now Canada’s Prime Minister is trying to gain justice for the victims’ families. The families of the victims may have the ability to receive compensation from the airline directly or even make a claim against Iran in a Canadian court. The main goal for Canada is to negotiate a compensation deal with Iran for the victims’ families but if that does not go well then they may have to begin legal procedures.