Iran has finally admitted that the country unintentionally shot down Ukrainian airliner, Boeing 737 that crashed in the country on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, few minutes after take-off, killing all 176 passengers on board.
The plane took off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran at 6: 12 a.m and lost contact at 6: 14 a.m. visuals from the crash showed the plane in flames mid-air which made experts believe that it was a man-made accident but earlier reports say the crash was caused by mechanical issues.
After denying that the Iranian government played a role in the crash, Iranian state TV affirmed that the plane was unintentionally brought down by Iranian forces.
Also, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed via a tweet on Friday that after an internal investigation by Iranian Armed Forces, it was discovered that a human error led to the crash of the plan.
He, however, blamed the error on what the foreign minister described as “US adventurism”, which probably mean that the error occurred when the country was firing missiles to US Military bases to avenge the death of Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani who was killed by US Milan military airstrikes on January 3, 2020.
“A sad day. Preliminary conclusion ions of an internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at the time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian Foreign Minister tweeted. “Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims and to other affected nations.”
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 11, 2020
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.
The plane had 63 Canadian, 3 British on board and no American. But some critics see it as part of the vengeance Iranian leaders promised the US after the death of their general.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau says evidence indicates that Iranian missile crashed the Ukrainian airliner. In the same vine, some experts in the US including the US President, Donald Trump, also suspected that something fishy happened.
But now that the Iranian authorities have confirmed that they have a hand in the mishap, the world awaits the response of world leaders especially the countries that were affected, which, unfortunately, are allies of the US.