The Hush Post|11:24 am |one-minute-read|
Iran has admitted it “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet on Wednesday. It was the same airplane that went down near Tehran airport. Iran has blamed “human error”, that led to bringing down the plane.
The plane crash killed 176 people. It happened soon after Iranian missile strikes targeted Iraqi bases housing US-led coalition personnel — an offensive launched in retaliation for the killing of Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on Jan. 3, 2020. For days, Iran denied that they shot down the aircraft.
But the US and Canada said they believed otherwise, citing intelligence. A video doing the rounds on social media appeared to show the precise moment of impact.
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
The plane was carrying 167 passengers including 82 Iranians
A military statement said the plane was mistaken for a hostile target. It happened after it turned toward a sensitive military centre of the Revolutionary Guards.
The military was at its highest level of readiness, it said. It apologised for the act.
“Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people. Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted.
The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers including 82 Iranians.