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U.S. Intelligence Suggests Ukrainian Plane Was Shot Down By Iran | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

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REPORT HERE'S LESTER HOLT

>> GOOD DAY FROM NEW YORK WE'RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS RECORD REGARDING THE AIRLINER THAT CRASHED IN IRAN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING KILLING AT LEAST 176 PEOPLE A US OFFICIAL TELLS NBC NEWS THAT INTELLIGENCE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE PLANE WAS MISTAKEN LY SHOT DOWN BY IRANIAN ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES

TOM COSTELLO HAS LATE DETAILS FROM OUR WASHINGTON NEWS ROOM >> YOU MAY RECALL THIS HAPPENED HOURS AFTER THE IRANIANS WERE LAUNCHING MISSILES AT US BASES IN IRAQ AT 6:12 A

M EARLY IN THE MORNING, THIS UKRAINIAN AIRLINES PLANE WAS LIFTING OFF FROM TEHRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IT WAS IN THE AIR FOR LESS THAN TWO MINUTES BEFORE IT SUDDENLY WENT BLACK IT WENT DARK AT 7900 FEET THIS VIDEO, ACCORDING TO THE PEOPLE WHO WATCHED IT, SHOW A A PLANE THAT SEEMS TO BE ON FIRE STREAKING ACROSS THE SKY AND PLUNGING TO THE EARTH

ALL 176 PEOPLE ON BOARD KILLED NOW, US SOURCES SUGGEST THAT US

INTELLIGENCE HAS PICKED UP INDICATION THAT THIS WAS, IN FACT, AB IRANIAN-FIRED MISSILE THAT BROUGHT DOWN THIS PASSENGER PLANE THAT IT LIKELY WAS A MISTAKE AND THE THINKING IS THIS THE IRANIANS HAD BEEN ON EDGE ANTICIPATING THE POSSIBILITY OF A A US

COUNTERATTACK, A A RETALIATORY STRIKE SO THEY HAD THESE ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE BATTERIES IN PLACE OUTSIDE OF TEHRAN DID ONE OF THOSE MISSILE BATTERIES MISTAKE THE PASSENGER PLANE FOR AN INCOMING THREAT THAT SEEMS TO BE NOW WHAT US

INTELLIGENCE HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION OF BECAUSE US INTELLIGENCE HAS CONCLUDED THAT, IN FACT, IRANIAN MISSILES BROUGHT DOWN THIS PASSENGER PLANE >> TOM COSTELLO, THANK YOU THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED ABOUT THIS JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO

LET'S GO TO PETER ALEXANDER AT THE WHITE HOUSE >> Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT THE PRESIDENT WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS MOMENTS AGO HE WAS PRESSED A ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND THIS HE DETAILED HIS SUSPICION ABOUT WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED IN THE SKIES ABOVE TEHRAN

TAKE A LISTEN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP >> THE PLEN THAT WENT DOWN, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED TO THAT PLANE? >> WELL, I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS I DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SUSPICIONS ALSO IT'S A TRAGIC THING WHEN I SEE THAT IT'S A TRAGIC THING

SOMEBODY COULD HAVE MADE A MISTAKE ON THE OTHER SIDE COULD HAVE MADE A MISTAKE IT WAS FLYING AND NOT OUR SYSTEM IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH US IT WAS FLYING AT A PRETTY ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD

AND SOMEBODY COULD HAVE MAD A MISTAKE SOME PEOPLE SAY IT WAS MECHANICAL I PERSONALLY DON'T THINK THAT'S EVEN A QUESTION, PERSONALLY SO WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS I I DON'T KNOW

I REALLY DON'T KNOW THAT'S UP TO THEM AT SOME POINT, THEY WILL RELEASE THE BLACK BOX IDEALLY, THEY GET IT TO BOEING IF THEY GAVE IT TO FRANK OR SOME OTHER COUNTRY, THIS WOULD BE OKAY TOO

I HAVE A FEELING THAT IT'S VERY TERRIBLE — SOMETHING VERY TERRIBLE HAPPENED VERY DEVASTATING >> HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITHIN THE LAST SEVERAL MINUTES IT'S NOTABLE HE VIEWED THIS AS SUSPICION AS THIS WAS A MISTAKE BECAUSE WE HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY IN COMMENTS TRYING TO DEESCALATE THE TENSIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN SAYING THAT HE BELIEVED IT SEEMED IRAN WAS TRYING TO STAND DOWN IN TERMS OF THIS CONFLICT WITH THE UNITED STATES HIS VIEWING IT AS A MISTAKE WOULD SUGGEST THERE'S NO REASON TO REESCALATE TENSIONS HERE

YOU'LL ARE REMEMBER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SOME OF HIS AIDS HERE WHO EFFECTIVELY PRAISED THE FACT THAT IRAN TARGETED MILITARY TARGETS AND NOT CIVILIANS ASK THAT THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES THERE >> PETER ALEXANDER WITH LATE WORD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE LET'S GO TO TEHRAN NOW BUREAU CHIEF ALI ARUZI IS THERE HOW IS THIS STORY BEING REPORTED IN TEHRAN? >> Reporter: HI, LESTERER

THE IRANIANS SINCE THE BEGINNING WHEN THE NEWS BROKE ASK THERE WAS SUSPICIONS THIS MAY HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT BY A ROCKET OR A BOMB HAVE BEEN DENYING IT THEY WERE SAYING THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT THAT THEY SAW THE PLANE TRYING TO TURN BACK AND RETURN TO THE AIRPORT AND THE PLANE WAS ON FIRE UNDOUBTLY, THE NEXT MESSAGE IS FROM IRANIANS ARE GOING TO BE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS TRYING TO FRAME IRAN FOR SOMETHING IT DIDN'T DO IN THIS BACK AND FORTH BLAME GAME BETWEEN THESE TWO COUNTRIES BUT AS TOM POINTED OUT, IRAN WAS LAUNCHING ATTACKS THAT NIGHT ON U

S ASSETS THEY WERE ON A A STATE OF VERY HIGH ALERT AND THEN UKRAINIAN SECURITY OFFICIALS ARE SAYING THAT THEY SUSPECT THAT ONE OF — THAT POSSIBLY THE ROCKET THAT HIT THE PLANE WAS RUSSIAN MADE OF COURSE, THE IRANIANS HERE, BY MOST OF THEIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS FROM THE RUSSIANS

SO THAT'S GOING TO ADD TO THE CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON THE IRANIANS ARE ALSO SAYING THAT WHY WOULD THEY TAKE DOWN A PLANE CARRYING 83 IRANIANS AMONGST THEM SOME OF THEIR MOST CHERISHED UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BUT THE US IS INDICATING THAT THIS MAY HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT BECAUSE IRAN WAS ON SUCH HIGH ALERT DURING THE TIME OF THOSE ATTACKS

AND SOMEBODY MAY HAVE MISTAKENLY FIRED AN ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE AT THE PLANE >> ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU LET'S GO BACK NOW TO TOM COSTELLO TOM, IN TERMS OF WHAT WE'RE SEEING, THE IMAGES FROM THE GROUND, ARE ANY OF THE EXPERTS YOU'RE TALKING TO PINPOINTING ANYTHING THAT'S BEEN SEEN IN THE WRECKAGE THAT WOULD, AGAIN, POINT TO THIS NOTION THAT IT WAS A MISSILE? >> Reporter: SO TWO AREAS TO LOOK AT FIRST OF ALL, THE NIGHTTIME VIDEO WE HAVE SHOWN FOR THE LAST 24 HOURS SHOWING THAT STREAK OF FIRE GOING ACROSS THE NIGHT SKY

EVERY AVIATION SOURCE I HAVE TALKED TO SAYS THAT'S ENTIRELY TOO MUCH FIRE COMING FROM WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MAYBE A SINGLE ENGINE EXPLOSION NO, THEY SAY THIS WOULD SUGGEST A A MISSILE STRIKE BECAUSE A SINGLE ENGINE ON FIRE WOULD NEVER PUT OUT THAT AMOUNT OF FIRE SEPARATELY, THERE ARE REPORTS FROM THE GROUND IN TEHRAN THAT THERE HAVE BEEN FRAGMENTES OF A RUSSIAN MISSILE HEAD OR FRAGMENTS OF A MISSILE FOUND ON THE GROUND WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY CONFIRM THAT >> TOM COSTELLO, THANK YOU

WE KNOW YOU'LL CONTINUE TO REPORT THE STORY AND HAVE FULL DETAILS TONIGHT ON KNIGHT NOOUGT FOR NOW, I'M LESTER HOLT, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK, GOOD DAY

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