Just short of a few hours after Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq which house U.S. troops, a Boeing 737 airliner taking off from Iran with a course to Ukraine mysteriously crashed shortly after takeoff.
The incident added yet another bizarre twist to the night, as it came around the same time that an earthquake was recorded near one of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
According to Daily Caller, Iran is apparently refusing to turn over the black box flight data to Boeing, for reasons unknown. Unfortunately, the fiery crash killed all passengers and crew on board, marking 176 confirmed fatalities.
Obviously, the black box could determine the exact reason for the bizarrely-time crash. Making matters even more suspicious is the fact that a Boeing representative reported that not only was the plane mechanically sound, but it also had a highly-experienced flight crew on board. The 737 airliner was serviced as recently as Monday.
“This is a tragic event and our heartfelt thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families,” Boeing said according to a statement. “We are in contact with our airline customer and stand by them in this difficult time. We are ready to assist in any way needed.”
Conspiracy theories immediately swamped social media as soon as reports of the plane crash began to pour in. Some suggested, of course without proof at this point, that the crash was the result of Iran’s Surface-to-Air missile system targeting and destroying the plane.
The theory is at least somewhat plausible, given the unprecedented level of high alert that Iran was under after launching missiles at the Iraqi military bases. And with Iran refusing to turn over the black box for analysis certainly doesn’t help their cause.
Local journalists managed to capture a video of the plane in a fiery decent from the sky, only to strike the ground in a massive explosion.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 8, 2020
Business Insider reported on Wednesday, “Iranian investigators have found one of the plane’s two so-called black boxes, but the head of the country’s civil aviation authority has refused to hand it over to Boeing, the local Mehr news agency reported.”
The world may never know why all those people perished in an otherwise mechanically sound plane with an experienced crew on board without third-party analysis of the black box recording. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.