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Flight 752: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV870
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Documentary, Global Issues, Guidance, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2021
Running Time:  20:00

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176 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters killed because they were shot out of the sky by a missile launched by Iran’s military in January 2020. Fifty-five Canadian citizens were on board, and 30 permanent residents. The flight on Ukraine International Airlines was heading from Iran to Kyiv, but most were travelling on to Canada.

More than a year after Flight 752, there are few answers as to why it happened, or proof that it was, as Iran claims, “human error” and a misaligned missile. Iran recently released its investigation report, but the government won’t discuss the military’s role in the shootdown, even though they claim disciplinary action has been taken against members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, who they claim, mistook the plane for a “hostile target.” Because of inconsistencies, Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, is among the global experts questioning “whether the downing of Flight PS752 was intentional.”

W5's Molly Thomas investigates what is being done to prevent disasters like the downing of Flight 752 from happening again.

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