Iran Admits To Shooting Down Ukrainian Plane, Blames ‘Human Error’

Iran blamed “human error” for the accident and said the plane was mistaken for “a hostile target"


Iran on January 11th, 2020 admitted to “unintentionally” shooting down the Ukrainian plane that crashed near Tehran this week, killing 176 people.

The nation’s state media reported that the general staff of Iran’s armed forces said the crash on January 8th, 2020 was due to human error.

In a statement released by its military, Iran blamed “human error” for the accident and said the plane was mistaken for “a hostile target.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed “deep regrets” and offered condolences. He tweeted, ” The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the error was caused by “US adventurism.”  Offering condolences, Zarif tweeted,” A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”

It may be mentioned that Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft despite US and Canada intelligence suggesting otherwise.

The Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport on January 8th, 2020. The victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals, CNN reported.

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