Flight 752: What happened before the crash

Flight 752: What happened before the crash


[Voice of Adrienne Arsenault] Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was late. Scheduled to depart at 5:15 a.m. enroute to Kyev some 2300 kilometers away. The sleepy passengers who’d likely rushed to Imam Khomeini airport to be on time instead had to wait until 6:12 a.m. to take off. Almost every seat was full. Two people hadn’t shown up for the flight. Those who did were mostly young. The littlest passenger, a one-year-old girl Kurdi Molani of Ajax. What a group it must have been. There aren’t many Iranians in Ukraine or Ukrainians in Iran. This plate was about connecting to points beyond. Most people wrapping up holidays and incredibly a 138 of them expecting to then catch a connecting plate from Kiev to Toronto. A city home to so many Iranians it’s sometimes lovingly referred to as ‘Tehranto.’ Others planned long travel days connecting on to plates throughout Canada. Were they bored while they waited in those pre-dawn hours? Maybe McMaster students Iman Aghabali and Mehdi Eshagian were a bit. They took this picture near the gate just before getting on the plane. Were they scrolling through their phones? Hassan Shadkoo’s wife Shayda certainly was. She posted this picture and spoke with him from the plane telling him she was worried about war in the region. She had no idea what was coming. But war was likely on a lot of minds. [Reporter] On and on they came One missile after another. [Arsenault] Only four hours earlier Iranian missiles were hitting two bases in Iraq. Housing U.S. and coalition forces. The United States waged an economic war against Iran. The United States has to come to its senses. [Arsenault] nerves in the region were raw. The toll of missile strikes not yet known. The FAA had just started to issue warnings about the airspace around Iran and Iraq. Some airlines had already heeded it. But Tehran’s airport was still in operation. This is what the skies looked like as Flight 752 was taking off. A few planes over Iran but not many. The flight tracker shows while the official flight time was recorded as just under four minutes. Almost half of that was spent taxiing. It only spent two minutes airborne. It reached 2,400 meters, 8,000 feet. No indication of the flight path becoming less steep as you might see with an engine failure. A failure fire was an early theory. We’re a long way from knowing the truth and then nothing. No more coordinates broadcast. The few clues lying in the grainy footage of the last moments of the flight. A flash, fire and a fall. The pilot it seems could not or did not communicate with air traffic controllers in the last moments. One witness maintains the pilot appeared to steer the plane towards a soccer field instead of a residential area. By 6:16 a.m. it was done with a fiery scattered tangle in a debris field several kilometers wide. These aerial pictures from a state-run news agency just after sunrise about an hour after the crash. By 12:30 Tehran time, just after 4:00 a.m. Eastern the passenger manifest was released and a chill ran through this country. A disaster so far away cutting so close. All those Canadians. All those people with connections to this country. Including the 28 year-old member of the Ukrainian flight crew. “I believe I can touch the sky” her Instagram bio reads. Her time in Toronto chronicled with joy just weeks ago. Another trip in the works. so there are so many questions about
what brought that plane down Larry Vance spent his career investigating plane
crashes for the Transportation Safety Board he’s in Ottawa tonight thank you
sir for joining us we have seen some pretty shocking pictures of the debris
field today and the Internet as you know is rife with speculation but what would
you as an investigator be looking for in that field well first of all I would I
would make sure that the wreckage wasn’t disturbed until the investigators got
there to look at it but in that field I would be looking for for signatures
right away of some kind of event that happened aboard the airplane that would
that would cause a catastrophic failure I would be looking for signatures of
potential bomb blast from inside the airplane and potential for missile
strikes from outside the airplane that would be a starting point for me of
course there’s a lot of investigation to be done from a mechanical point of view
but that’s where I would start and so when you look at that that video of the
last moments we’ve all seen that today and as a layperson I look at it and I
see you know a flash of fire and then it you see it falling but when you look at
it through your eyes what do you see I see the same thing Adrienne I I don’t I
think that what has to happen here is that that video and probably other
videos that would be available in this day and age have to be looked at in a
laboratory environment where they have specialized equipment that they can look
at it and enhance it and try and get the vertical component out of it try and get
altitudes try and get the flight profile out of it that along with radar data and
so on will give you a flight track for what happened after the radios went dead
that’s where that’s where you have to get to you can’t do it like you and I
would just by looking at it on a screen on our computer okay just very briefly
one last question given the geopolitical tensions at play here how confident are
you as an investigator we will get to the truth what happen they’re not off to
a good start I have to say that a regular investigation is hard enough to
manage you you have to get everybody pulling on the same rope the environment
the darién over there is is one where it doesn’t leave me with a lot of
confidence that the investigation will be able to be supported in law
no matter what they come up with all right thanks very much former
Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Vance joining us from Ottawa
tonight

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