Reasons, why Iran shot down Ukrainian Plane, had been stated why accepting the responsibility. Rouhani said on Twitter, “the Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”
The passenger plane, Boeing 737 which was to fly to for Kiev, slammed into a field shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport before dawn on Wednesday. The crash came only hours after Iran’s armed forces launched a wave of missiles at bases hosting American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top generals, in a US drone strike.
However, President Hassan Rouhani said a military investigation had found “missiles fired due to human error” brought down the Boeing 737 on Wednesday, calling it an “unforgivable mistake”.
Officials in Iran had earlier categorically denied Western claims that the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) airliner had been struck by a missile in a catastrophic error. But video footage of the UIA 737, which The New York Times said it had verified, emerged and appeared to show the moment the airliner was hit, A fast-moving object is seen rising at an angle into the sky before a bright flash appears, which dims and then continues moving forward. Several seconds later, an explosion is heard and the sky lights up.
Also, in a statement posted on the government’s website, Rouhani said Iran’s armed forces had been on alert for possible attacks by the Americans after the “martyrdom” of Soleimani. Iran is very much saddened by this catastrophic mistake and I, on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, express my deep condolences to the families of victims of this painful catastrophe.”
Rouhani added he had ordered “all relevant bodies to take all necessary actions (to ensure) compensation” to the families of those killed.
“This painful incident is not an issue that can be overcome easily. The perpetrators of this unforgivable mistake will be prosecuted. It is necessary to take necessary steps and measures to remove the weak points of the country’s defence systems so that such a catastrophe is never repeated again.”
The majority of passengers on UIA Flight PS752 were dual national Iranian-Canadians but also included Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons, and Swedes.
Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Iran punish those responsible for the downing of the plane and pay compensation. “We expect Iran… to bring the guilty to the courts,” the Ukrainian leader wrote on Facebook.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said that closure and accountability were needed in the wake of the incident. Trudeau also demanded “transparency and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims”. He called it a national tragedy
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, “human error at the time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to the disaster.”
“Our profound regrets, apologies, and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”
The crash is Iran’s worst civil aviation disaster since 1988 when the US military said it shot down an Iran Airplane over the Gulf by mistake, killing all 290 people on board.