On Wednesday morning a Ukrainian flight crashed killing all 176 people on board near Tehran, just hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two US bases in Iraq.
Experts in air crash investigations are casting doubt over the claim engine failure was to blame or technical failures and a “shootdown” is the most likely cause.
Iran has refused to release the two black boxes to international authorities and Tehran has blamed “technical problems” for the incident raising suspicions.
The OPS group, an aviation risk monitoring group said, “We would recommend the starting assumption to be that this was a shootdown event, similar to MH17, until there is clear evidence to the contrary.”
The OPS group highlighted that photographs of the crash scene shows, “obvious projectile holes in the fuselage and a wing section.”
Julian Bray and aviation expert told the Sun Online, “This is catastrophic and not the type of crash that comes from an engine failing. There would have been nothing that anyone could do.
“It is very unusual, you would expect to see some wreckage but all we can see here is debris.”
It has been claimed that the pilots did not make a radio call for help, the aircraft was engulfed in fire before it crashed, investigators have said.