June 20, 2021

Iran plane crash: What Iranians think happened to flight PS752

Iran’s government has again rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 near the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday.

But how have Iranians responded to the incident?

Some reacted with anger to the suggestion that Iran may have been responsible for the crash. Many others have been labelling it a “scandal”.

The Persian-language hashtags #PS752Scandal and #Flight752 have been used a combined 16,000 times by people discussing the crash.

Media caption Footage appears to show missile strike on Ukrainian plane in Iran
“I want the world to know,” wrote one person, “we Iranians don’t believe the Islamic Regime’s false narrative about PS752.”

Others compared the crash to the November 2019 fuel price protests, which resulted in the deaths of Iranian citizens.

“While in the streets, they shoot people,” said one user in reference to the protests. “While in airplanes, they fire missiles.”

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In the wake of the breaking news, many expressed disbelief and shared their hope that the reports were not true.

Those backing the Iranian establishment criticised others for relying on Western media, calling the coverage “malicious” and doubting the claim that the plane had been hit by a missile.

Either you don’t know what a missile is, said one journalist, “or you don’t know what it looks like when it hits a plane”.

“This is Tor [a missile system] and if it locks on a target, no one piece would reach the ground intact. If you have a brain, think about it.”

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