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World Brother of victim in downed Ukrainian plane: 'He's supposed to be here'

07:15  13 january  2020
07:15  13 january  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The Ukrainian flight, which was en route to Kyiv, came down near Imam Khomeini Airport shortly after take-off. Victims included dozens of Iranians and It said the plane had turned towards a "sensitive military centre" of the Revolutionary Guards, a force set up to defend the country' s Islamic system.

He was responding to claims by Western leaders that evidence suggested the plane had been hit by New video appeared to show a plane being hit by a projectile over Tehran. The crash of Ukraine Victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians as well as nationals from

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario — The last time Meisam Salahi talked to his younger brother, Mohsen Salahi, few words were spoken.

Mohsen, 31, and his wife, Mahsa Amirliravi, 30, were returning to Toronto from Iran, where they had been visiting relatives, and had just boarded Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 in Tehran.

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However, he also says that skilled analysts may be able to get an initial idea from the data within a couple of The area where the plane came down was not only close to the capital, Tehran, but also a military If this does prove to be a missile strike on a passenger plane , it would not be unprecedented.

The Ukrainian passenger jet had crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in Tehran, killing all 176 people on board. Iran said the plane was mistaken for Amid mounting international pressure, Iran on Saturday said its military "unintentionally" fired a missile at a Ukrainian passenger plane because of

Meisam, 34, called Mohsen because he was worried after hearing that Iran had fired a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases hosting U.S. forces.

But Mohsen was in a rush, so Meisam said he would see him when he returned or at Cestar College, where they both taught engineering."He said, 'Yeah, yeah — for sure,'" Meisam recalled in an interview. "I said 'bye."

But Mohsen and Amirliravi never made it.

The flight was shot down last Wednesday near Tehran by Iran's military, killing all 176 people on board. Iranian officials initially denied the country was responsible, but early Saturday, Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, acknowledged its military had unintentionally shot it down because of "human error." Rouhani said an investigation would identify and prosecute those responsible for "this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake."

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  Presidents of Ukraine, Iran to discuss downed plane -Ukrainian official Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to hold a telephone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Saturday after Tehran said it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, the Ukrainian president's office said.The Ukrainian passenger airplane travelling to Kiev crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

"Iran has pleaded guilty to shooting down the Ukrainian plane . But we insist on the full admission of guilt," Zelenskiy said. "We expect Iran to assure the readiness for a full and open investigation, bringing those responsible to justice, the return of the bodies of the victims , payment of compensation, official

The plane went down in fiery destruction just a few minutes after departing Tehran’ s Imam Khomeini airport Wednesday morning, only hours after Iranian military forces fired a barrage of missiles at bases in Iraq housing “When a catastrophe happens, everything is supposed to stay in its place,” he said.

Protesters in Iran took to the streets Sunday, calling on the country's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, to step down after the government reversed course and admitted it was responsible.

But thousands of miles away in his adopted country of Canada, where he and his brother had moved more than a decade ago from Iran, Meisam Salahi struggled with unsparing loss and grief. In an interview at Mohsen and Amirliravi's home in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, he was still in shock.

"I can't believe it — that I'm sitting here, in his house and he's not here," Meisam said. "He's supposed to be here."

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Meisam learned about their deaths during a sleepless night last week as he worried about what might happen in the aftermath of Iran's missile strikes. At around 4 a.m., he switched on his phone.

A friend in Iran had sent him a message on WhatsApp, asking where he was. Confused, he checked with another friend, who told him he hoped this would be the last sad message Meisam would get.

"I said, 'What are you talking about?" He said, 'Call your mom,'" Meisam recalled. "I'm like, 'OK.' Then my hands start shaking."

When he got through to his mother, she was crying. At first he thought his father had died, which gave him some solace because his father had lived a long, well-traveled life. Then she said his brother's name.

"I fell on the floor," Meisam said, adding, "How am I going to live the rest of my life without him, without her?"

Talking with his father-in-law about what may have happened after the plane was struck brought him a measure of comfort. He thought of Mohsen and Amirliravi together, holding hands, saying "I love you" to each other.

"I think that was their last moment," he said. "I could imagine that."

Meisam and his wife, Kristin, are expecting a baby boy next month. Before his brother's death, Meisam had run a couple potential names by Mohsen, who wasn't excited about them, but he wasn't negative either.

Image: Meisam Salahi speaks about his brother, Moshen Salahi, and sister-in-law, Mahsa Amirliravi, who were killed in the Ukrainian Airlines flight that was shot down by Iran, at the couples home in Ontario on Jan. 12, 2020.© NBC News Image: Meisam Salahi speaks about his brother, Moshen Salahi, and sister-in-law, Mahsa Amirliravi, who were killed in the Ukrainian Airlines flight that was shot down by Iran, at the couples home in Ontario on Jan. 12, 2020.

"He said both of them are nice — like, 'OK, interesting, and you guys decide, whatever,'" Meisam recalled.

So they did. His name will be Mohsen.

.Jamie Morrison reported from Ontario and Tim Stelloh from California.

Ukraine Airliner Hit By a Second Missile Over Iran, New Video Shows .
Surveillance video from Iran appears to show two missiles hitting the Ukrainian passenger jet downed over Tehran, fired approximately 30 seconds apart, providing new information about the tragedy that killed 176 people.The video was verified by Storyful, a social-media-intelligence company owned by News Corp, parent of Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones. It raises new questions about how forthcoming Iranian authorities were when, after three days of denial, they admitted they had mistakenly struck the Ukraine International Airlines flight without mentioning a second missile.

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