published on: 12/01/2020 3:20 PM
According to a report by Iran’s state TV, the army said on Saturday that it had killed the Ukrainian passenger plane by ‘mistake’.
There were 176 people on board. In a statement from Iran, it has been called a ‘human mistake’. The Boeing 737 flight was of Ukrainian International Airlines. After the flight on Wednesday, it was shot down in the outskirts of Tehran. Iran had a missile attack on US military bases in Iraq and the aircraft was shot down hours later. Earlier Iran denied that it had killed the plane.
The US and Canada had said on the basis of their intelligence that Iran had killed this aircraft. The plane was going to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It had 167 passengers and nine crew members. The flight had 82 civilians from Iran, 13 from Canada and 11 from Ukraine. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has tweeted,
“Due to human error, the missile was fired on the passenger plane of Ukraine and 176 innocents lost their lives.” Where the investigation is going on for identification of the mistake. Whoever is guilty for this terrible tragedy will not be left out.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is deeply sorry for this devastating mistake. My condolences to the suffering families.