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’Disastrous mistake’: Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian plane

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Iran has announced that its military "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 on board.

The statement on Saturday morning blames "human error" for the incident, adding that the military mistook Flight 752 for a "hostile target".

Press TV also quoted Iran's General Staff of the Armed Forces as saying that the plane had flown close to a "sensitive military site".

The military said it was at its “highest level of readiness" amid the heightened tensions with the United States.

"In such a condition, because of human error and in an unintentional way, the flight was hit,” the military said. It apologised and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent future tragedies.

In a statement posted on social media, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote that the country "deeply regrets this disastrous mistake".

"My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences," he said, adding that "investigations continue to identify and prosecute this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake".

Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a statement on Saturday said his country expects a full admission of guilt and compensation for the jet's downing. 

"We expect from Iran assurances of their readiness for a full and open investigation, bringing those responsible to justice, the return of the bodies of the dead, the payment of compensation, official apologies through diplomatic channels," he said. 

Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft. But then the US and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.

The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukraine International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at US forces in Iraq.

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  • Rohan de alwis Saturday, 11 January 2020 05:59 PM

    It is good to asertain why this happened and what gave rise to this situation. Its sad and no words can explain the misery it created. These lives cannot be brought back. Those who created this situation is responsible for this debacle. Mr Trump, its you and you alone. You have now blood on your hands.

    Shankar Saturday, 11 January 2020 09:33 PM

    You are absolutely right but the Western Media from CNN to BBC are blaming Iran.

    Pi-Lot Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:52 PM

    So, they mistakes!! Let us not send UL anywhere near Iran,

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 11 January 2020 08:49 PM

    Can the Iranians take the mighty Americans even if the God is on the former's side

    Mahila Saturday, 11 January 2020 11:14 PM

    Iran has admitted, made "Human error and shot down the Ukrainian plane in flight" Also, "It apologised and said, its systems needs upgrade to prevent similar future tragedies". Clear that Iranian Military system inadequacy. Why Trump blamed?


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