Iran military admits to shot down Ukrainian plane. Iran has, by mistake, admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet killing all 176 people on board.
Shortly after Wednesday’s takeoff from Tehran, the aircraft crashed-after Iran fired missiles at Iraq-based US troops.
Western countries had piled up pressure on Iran-which had been denying for days that it was responsible for the crash.
The attack was in response to Iranian general Qassem Soleimani’s killing in a US drone strike in Baghdad.
It is Iran’s worst civil aviation disaster since it was shot down by mistake by the U.S. military in 1988.
A Ukrainian aircraft that crashed in Iran earlier this week had flew near a sensitive military site belonging to the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards and was accidentally shot down due to human error, the Iranian military said in a statement read on state television on Saturday.
Within the military, the responsible parties would be reported to a judicial department and held to account, the statement said.
The video appears to show Ukrainian airliner being hit
President Hassan Rouhani also confirmed the progress, saying that Iran “deeply regrets the devastating mistake.”
Rouhani vowed in a series of tweets posted Saturday that the inquiry will continue “to locate and prosecute this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake.”
“Iran’s Islamic Republic deeply regrets the disastrous error,” he wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who mourn. I give my sincere condolences.”
In the crash, all 176 people aboard were killed. The announcement by the Iranian military expressed its condolences to the victims ‘ families.
The U.S. and Canada had said the plane had been shot down, initially a claim Iran had denied.
Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, confirmed the finding in a tweet and expressed his sorrow at the deaths. “A tragic day. Preliminary results of Armed Force’s internal investigation: human error in times of crisis triggered by U.S. adventurism contributed to the tragedy.”
“Our deepest regrets, apologies, and condolences to our citizens, to the families of all victims and to other nations affected,” he said. News report on Iran military admits to shot down Ukrainian plane.