On january 9th the new york times released a video of iran firing missiles that appeared to hit an aircraft near tehran's airport. On 8 January, a Ukrainian passenger plane stopped sending signals before it crashed in the area, and the New York Times reported that the missile struck a small explosion, but the plane did not immediately explode, but returned to the airport a few minutes after the flight, which had caught fire when it returned, and then exploded and crashed quickly. Iran fired missiles at Iraq's U.S. military base before the plane crashed in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against senior U.S. Revolutionary Guard officer Roberto Suleimani.
On january 9, u.s. media released a video of a suspected iranian missile shooting down a ukrainian airliner, and the new york times said it matched flight path information and satellite images from the area near the crashed ukrainian airliner. Iran has previously responded to allegations that it called illogical.