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Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander: We are responsible and will submit to decision of authorities

Source : 112 Ukraine

The air defense operator decided to launch a missile on the Ukrainian plane, failing to contact the command
14:48, 11 January 2020
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The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force and Military Space Forces commander, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh has claimed responsibility for the downing of Ukrainian aircraft near Tehran, IRNA reports.

"We are fully responsible for this, and no matter what decision the authorities make, we will obey it," Hajizadeh said.
 
The air defense operator decided to launch a cruise missile on the plane, failing to contact the command.

"Either the jamming system worked, or the network was busy, but he could not contact. He had the opportunity to make a decision within five seconds. Unfortunately, he made the wrong decision and launched the missile on the target," Hajizadeh said.

He stated that he wanted to die when he learned about the crash of a Ukrainian plane in the vicinity of Tehran.

"When I heard about the crash of the Ukrainian plane, I wanted to die so as not to witness this tragedy," Ali Hajizadeh said.
 
Related: Iranian General Staff: Ukrainian Boeing 737 shot down by Islamic Revolutionary Guards missile

As is known, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 people aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy.The aircraft was on its way from Tehran to Kyiv. The crash took place soon after the takeoff. Iranian media reported that, quoting the airport administration. The officials said that the reason for the crash was a "technical malfunction" of the plane's engine. The Ukrainian air company that owned the aircraft denied that there was such a malfunction; a pilot's mistake was ruled out, too. Initially, Iran denied that any claims of the plane being shot down by a missile made no sense. On Saturday morning, January 11, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran announced that a Ukrainian aircraft was hit by missile launched from the military center of the Islamic Revolution Guards. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed regrets that missiles launched by his army “by mistake” led to the crash of Ukrainian plane in Tehran. He also promised that the perpetrators will be identified and prosecuted in court.

 
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