Iran Admits ‘Human Error’ Resulted In Ukrainian Plane Being Shot Down ‘Unintentionally’
In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 photo, rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iranian state media is saying human error led to a Ukrainian flight to be shot down. Friday evening reports cited Iranian military officials, who reportedly said the nation “unintentionally” shot down the Boeing 737.
The flight was brought down shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport on Wednesday. All 176 passengers on board were killed in the crash, including 63 Canadian citizens.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier claimed the evidence showed Iranian military involvement. His remarks came after reports quoted senior U.S. Defense and Intelligence officials, who said the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile system.
“We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence,” stated Trudeau. “The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.”
President Trump has also said he does not believe mechanical failure caused the Ukrainian jet to crash. On Thursday, he said the plane was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood and somebody could have made a mistake.
“At some point, they’ll release the black box,” he said. “I have a feeling that something very terrible happened.”
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