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Iran Refuses To Hand Over Crash Data, Stoking Speculation Plane Was Accidentally Shot Down

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Iran will reportedly refuse to hand over black box data from the Boeing 737 that crashed over Tehran last night to Boeing, stoking speculation that the aircraft was shot down by an Iranian missile.

Video of wreckage from the crash, which shows shattered bodies and debris spread over a wide area, has surfaced on social media.

As we reported overnight, the 737 800, which is very different from the 737 MAX and has an excellent safety track record, crashed over Tehran just minutes after takeoff, killing all 176 people onboard.

Ukraine International Airlines said in a statement that the plane that crashed was in excellent condition, adding that it was “one of the best planes” in UIA’s fleet, and had undergone necessary maintenance just days before the crash, RT reports.

The Boeing 737-800, which was delivered to UIA in 2016, was “in excellent condition” before its last flight from Tehran to Kiev, Evgeny Dykhne, the company’s president, told reporters in Kiev, also describing the aircraft as “one of the best.” The flight, bound for the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, plunged from the sky just minutes after departing Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

“I heard a massive explosion and all the houses started to shake. There was fire everywhere,” Din Mohammad Qassemi, an Iranian who lives near the crash site, told the AP.

“At first I thought (the Americans) have hit here with missiles and went in the basement as a shelter,” Qassemi added. “After a while, I went out and saw a plane has crashed over there. Body parts were lying around everywhere.”

Overnight, the rumor mill pointed to mechanical errors, which caused Boeing’s shares, already under pressure from the 737 MAX fallout, to slide.




The crash happened shortly after the plane departed Tehran’s airport Wednesday morning


UIA flight director Ihor Sosnovsky even ruled out pilot error as a potential cause of the crash, explaining that the ill-fated flight was manned by a “reinforced crew,” including Captain Volodymyr Yaponenko, Pilot Instructor Oleksiy Naumkin and First Officer Serhiy Khomenko.

All of this makes Iran’s rumored decision not to fork over the black box data more suspicious. Was the plane accidentally struck by an Iranian missile? The timing sure seems suspicious, given that the plane crashed over Iran during the same timeframe that the country was lobbing missiles at American bases in Iraq.




All 176 passengers and crew on board the plane died in the crash, officials said. (AP)


To us, if the plane just happened to crash over Iran just as the country was firing off missiles, well, that certainly would be one hell of a coincidence, wouldn’t it?

As one analyst claimed, there was “absolutely no way” the crash was due to mechanical difficulties, offering an explanation that sounds fairly convincing.

So how does a trader exploit this? The most obvious play would be to take a look at Boeing shares. If it’s confirmed the manufacturer and airline aren’t to blame for the crash, we imagine Boeing shares will rebound.

Most of the passengers on board were making connecting flights via Kiev’s Boryspil airport, the main hub for UIA. Among the dead were citizens of Iran, Canada, Germany, the UK, Sweden and Afghanistan.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky directed the government to launch an inquiry and to “consider all possible versions [of the crash].”

Boeing has launched an investigation into the crash, while Iran has launched a criminal investigation – or what might be more accurately described as a hunt for a scapegoat.

In other news, a complete list of passengers has been released by the airline:

Surname, Name, Year of Birth

Abaspourqadi Mohamm 1986






Abbasnezhad Mojtaba 1993






Abtahiforoushani Seyedmehran 1982






Aghabali Iman 1991






Agha Miri Maryam 1973






Ahmadi Motahereh 2011






Ahmadi Muh Sen 2014






Ahmadi Rahmtin 2010






Ahmadi Sekinhe 1989






Ahmady Mitra 1973






Amirliravi Mahsa 1989






Arasteh Fareed 1987






Arbabbahrami Arshia 2000






Arsalani Evin 1990






Asadilari Mohammadhossein 1996






Asadilari Zeynab 1998






Ashrafi Habibabadi Amir 1991






Attar Mahmood 1950






Azadian Roja 1977






Azhdari Ghanimat 1983






Badiei Ardestani Mehraban 2001






Bashiri Samira 1990






Beiruti Mohammad Amin 1990






Borghei Negar 1989






Choupannejad Shekoufeh 1963






Dadashnejad Delaram 1993






Daneshmand Mojgan 1976






Dhirani Asgar 1945






Djavadi Asll Hamidreza 1967






Djavadi Asll Kian 2002






Ebnoddin Hamidi Ardalan 1971






Ebnoddin Hamidi Kamyar 2004






Ebrahim Niloufar 1985






Ebrahimi Khoei Behnaz 1974






Eghbali Bazoft Shahrokh 1960






Eghbali Bazoft Shahzad 2011






Eghbalian Parisa 1977






Elyasi Mohammad Mahdi 1991






Emami Sayedmahdi 1959






Emami Sophie 2014






Eshaghian Dorcheh Mehdi 1995






Esmaeilion Reera 2010






Esnaashary Esfahani Mansour 1990






Faghihi Sharieh 1961






Falsafi Faezeh 1973






Falsafi Faraz 1988






Farzaneh Aida 1986






Feghahati Shakiba 1980






Foroutan Marzieh 1982






Ghaderpanah Iman 1985






Ghaderpanah Parinaz 1986






Ghafouri Azar Siavash 1984






Ghandchi Daniel 2011






Ghandchi Dorsa 2003






Ghasemi Ariani Milad 1987






Ghasemi Dastjerdi Fatemeh 1994






Ghasemi Amirhossein 1987






Ghasemi Kiana 2000






Ghavi Mandieh 1999






Ghavi Masoumeh 1989






Gholami Farideh 1981






Ghorbani Bahabadi A 1998






Golbabapour Suzan 1970






Gorji Pouneh 1994






Haghjoo Saharnaz 1982






Hajesfandiari Bahareh 1978






Hajiaghavand Sadaf 1992






Hajighassemi Mandieh 1981






Hamzeei Sara 1986






Hasani/sadi Zahra 1994






Hashemi Shanrzad 1974






Hassannezhad Parsa 2003






Hatefi Mostaghim Sahan 1987






Hayatdavoudi Hadis 1992






Jadidi Elsa 2011






Jadidi Pedran 1991






Jamshidi Shadi 1988






Jebelli Mohammaddam 1990






Kadkhoda Zaden Mohammaddam 1979






Kadkhodazaden Kasha 1990






Karamimoghadam Bahareh 1986






Katebi Rahimen 1999






Kaveh Azaden 1979






Kazerani Fatemeh 1987






Khadem Forough 1981






Kobiuk Olga 1958






Lindberg Emil 2012






Lindberg Erik 2010






Lindberg Raheleh 1982






Lindberg Mikael 1979






Madani Firouzeh 1965






Maghsoudlouestarabadi Siavash 1976






Maghsoudlouesterabadi Paria 2004






Mahmoodi Fatemeh 1989






Malakhova Olena 1981






Malek Maryam 1979






Maleki Dizaje Fereshteh 1972






Mamani Sara 1983






Mianji Mohammadjavad 1992






Moeini Mohammad 1984






Moghaddam Rosstin 2010






Mohammadi Mehdi 1999






Molani Hiva 1981






Molani Kurdia 2018






Moradi Amir 1998






Morattab Arvin 1984






Moshrefrazavimoghaddam Soheila 1964






Mousavi Daria 2005






Mousavi Dorina 2010






Mousavibafrooei Pedram 1972






Nabiyi Elnaz 1989






Naderi Farzahen 1981






Naghibi Zahra 1975






Naghib Lahouti Mehr 1987






Nahavandi Milad 1985






Niazi Arnica 2011






Niazi Arsan 2008






Niknam Farhad 1975






Norouzi Alireza 2008






Nourian Ghazal 1993






Oladi Alma 1992






Omidbakhsh Roja 1996






Ovaysi Amir Hossein 1978






Ovaysi Asal 2013






Pasavand Fatemeh 2002






Pey Alireza 1972






Pourghaderi Ayeshe 1983






Pourjam Mansour 1966






Pourshabanoshibi Naser 1966






Pourzarabi Arash 1993






Raana Shahab 1983






Rahimi Jiwan 2016






Rahimi Razgar 1981






Rahmanifar Nasim 1994






Razzaghi Khamsi Ni 1974






Rezai Mahdi 2000






Rezae Hossain 1999






Saadat Saba 1998






Saadat Sara 1996






Saadat Zeinolabedin 1990






Saati Kasra 1972






Sadeghi Alvand 1990






Sadeghi Anisa 2009






Sadeghi Mirmohammad 1976






Sadeghi Sahand 1980






Sadighi Neda 1969






Sadr Niloufar 1958






Sadr Seyednoojan 2008






Saeedinia Amirhosse 1994






Safarpoorkoloor Pe 1999






Saket Mohammadhosse 1986






Salahi Moh 1988






Saleheh Mohammad 1987






Saraeian Sajedeh 1993






Setareh Kokab Hamid 1988






Shadkhoo Sheyda 1978






Shaterpour Khiaban 1988






Soltani Paniz 1991






Tahmasebi Khademasa 1984






Tajik Mahdi 1999






Tajik Shahram 1998






Tarbhai Afifa 1964






Tarbha Alina 1988






Toghian Darya 1997






Zarei Arad 2002






Zibaie Maya 2004






Zokaei Sam 1977


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