Ukrainian flight crash: Iran denied for days that they shot but now they have admitted
Iran in shocking news admitted that it unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines passenger flight on Wednesday due to “human error”, the Associated Press reported. The plane had crashed on Wednesday morning which killed 176 people. It happened soon after Iranian missile attack in Iraq targeting military bases where US soldiers were residing.
Iran denied for days that they have shot down the aircraft, but the US and Canada believed otherwise, citing intelligence. A video went viral on social media showing the alleged precise moment of impact.
A military statement carried by state media said the plane was mistaken for a hostile target after the plane turned toward a sensitive military center of the Revolutionary Guards. Amid the heightened tensions with the US, the military was at its highest level of readiness.
The plane was hit because of a human error in an unintentional way. The military apologized for the disaster and said that it would upgrade its system to prevent such mistakes in coming days. The military statement also said that people responsible for the strike on the plane will be prosecuted.
The New York Times says this is a verified video that seems to show the Ukrainian plane getting shot down over Iran. This is really tragic! pic.twitter.com/ftWpn49ONl
— Omar Baddar (@OmarBaddar) January 9, 2020
President Hassan Rouhani offered his thoughts and prayers for all mourning families
President of Iran Hassan Rouhani tweeted that ‘armed forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane which caused 176 deaths. Investigations continue to identify and prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistakes. He also said that his thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. He offered his sincerest condolences.
The plane was routed for Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries. The officials informed that there were 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians.
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