After days of denial, Iran’s military says it “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, Iran’s state TV reports.
The Ukrainian passenger aircraft that recently crashed in Iran’s capital was brought down due to “human error,” according to Iranian state television, citing еру military.
Those responsible would be held accountable, the statement read on state TV said.
Also the Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Zarif took to his handle to confirm the report on the Iranian state television.
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.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 11, 2020
Iran had previously rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down the plane near the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday
The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at US forces..
The crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 with the loss of 176 lives came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.
US media have speculated that the airliner may have been mistaken for a warplane as Iran prepared for possible US retaliation.