Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian plane: “Human error,” says Foreign Minister
TEHRAN, Iran –Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, tweeted on Saturday, January 11, that the Ukrainian plane that crashed shortly after take-off on January 8 in Tehran, was shot down due to “human error.”
All 176 people on board perished.
Iranian armed forces say it mistook the Ukrainian jet for a hostile plane, Rappler reported.
Iran’s civil aviation chief earlier denied that a missile downed the plane, dismissing claims of a catastrophic mistake by Tehran’s air defenses, the report added.
“Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” tweeted Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations,” Zarif added.
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
Photo: The Times of Israel
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