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Iran’s General Staff said the Ukrainian aircraft was “accidentally” hit by an Iranian missile earlier this week, leaving 176 people dead on board, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).
In a written statement, the Iranian headquarters said that as a result of a “human error”, the plane was accidentally shot down by the air defense system as it was passing over a “sensitive military point”.
Iran was on alert to US threats of possible attacks on many points in Iran following the release of dozens of ballistic missiles at US troops in Iraq, the statement said.
In these sensitive and crisis conditions, the plane approached a delicate Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) military center and its height and stance appeared to be hostile, Iran’s top military authority said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has also responded to the case.
“We express our deep condolences, condolences and condolences to our people, the families of all victims and other affected nations,” the Iranian top diplomat said on Twitter.
“Human error at the time of the crisis caused by American adventurism led to disaster,” he said.
The Fars News Agency on Friday announced that the cause of the crash would be announced after a meeting of accident investigators, including experts from Iran and abroad.
The US, Britain and Canada said on Thursday they had evidence suggesting that an Iranian missile had crashed the Ukrainian Airlines passenger plane.
The Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, just hours after the Revolutionary Guard fired dozens of ballistic missiles at bases where US troops were stationed in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the head of the force. IRGC’s elite Kuds, near Baghdad International Airport in a drone strike.
All 176 people aboard were killed in the crash, including Iranian, Canadian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, German and British nationals.
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