Ukraine Plane Crash Wiki
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard acknowledged on Saturday it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet this week, killing all 176 aboard. The head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division said his unit accepts “full responsibility.”
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on state television that the armed forces were on high alert and that an officer had mistaken the plane for an enemy missile and made the “bad decision” to open fire, the Associated Press reported. He said he “wished” he was “dead” when he learned of the plane crash.
Earlier on Saturday, Iran announced that its military had “accidentally” shot down the jetliner and blamed “human error”.
The jetliner crashed early Wednesday after Iran launched rocket attacks on two Iraqi military bases with American troops. The attacks were in response to the US airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani days earlier.
After the missile operation in Iraq, U.S. military flights around Iranian borders increased, and Iranian military officials said they targeted aerial targets toward strategic centers, according to a statement by Iran’s Armed Forces Headquarters.
“The aircraft was approaching a sensitive IRGC military center at altitude and in flight conditions that resembled enemy targets. In these circumstances, the aircraft was hit unintentionally, which unfortunately resulted in the deaths of many Iranian and foreign nationals,” the statement said.
Among the victims are 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British citizens.
“Human error during the crisis caused by US adventurism led to catastrophe,” tweeted Javanese Zarif.
Those Responsible Will be Prosecuted
The crash of the aircraft was rated as “violation of traffic safety regulations” and “fatal flight operations”. The prosecutor said, however, that Iran’s admission changed the scope to “liability for the deliberate killing of two or more people and” the destruction of the aircraft, “the statement said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the admission of Iran on Twitter a “step in the right direction”.
“I insist that the identification of the bodies and their return to Ukraine be completed immediately,” wrote Zelensky after calling Rouhani.
“The perpetrators must be held accountable. We look forward to further legal and technical cooperation,” added Zelensky, who previously asked Iran to pay compensation.
Rouhani said in a statement released by his office on Saturday that those responsible for dropping the plane were being prosecuted.
“Further investigation is needed to determine all the causes and roots of this tragedy and to track down the perpetrators of this unforgivable mistake and to inform the honorable Iranian people and the families of the victims,” said Rouhani.
“It is also necessary to take the necessary precautions and measures to address the weaknesses in the country’s defense systems and to ensure that such a disaster never happens again,” he added.
Iran Concedes The ‘Big lie’ is True
A US official familiar with the intelligence agency said the plane was shot down by two SA-15 surface-to-air missiles manufactured in Russia. The United States saw Iranian radar signals fall on the jetliner before it was launched.
“Nobody will take responsibility for such a big lie once it is known that the allegation was fraudulent,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said in a statement the day before yesterday.
The Iranian authorities are in possession of the two flight recorders, also known as black boxes, to which the Ukrainian investigators had access on Friday. They haven’t started checking the information yet, but said it included communications between the pilot and flight control in Tehran.