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Iranian General Staff: Ukrainian Boeing 737 shot down by Islamic Revolutionary Guards missile

Source : 112 Ukraine

The IRGC military center "mistakenly" identified the Ukrainian plane as an enemy target
10:57, 11 January 2020
PS 752 plane crash in Tehran
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The Iranian Armed Forces General Staff confirmed that Ukrainian Boeing 737 was hit by a missile launched by the military center of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. This was reported by Iran International news agency.
 
"In critical circumstances, after rocket attacks on an American base in Iraq, the 2nd flight of Ukrainian Airlines flew out of Tehran Khomeini Airport and ... completely approached the IRGC's sensitive military center and was (identified - ed.) the enemy’s target", - the nessage reads.

The Iranian armed forces consider the “human error” to be the reason for the downing of Ukrainian plane by a military missile.

Earlier US President Donald Trump said that he doubted that the technical factor was the cause of the disaster of the Ukrainian airliner in Iran.
 
Related: Iran grants Ukraine with access to Boeing 737 black boxes, - Ukraine’s MFA


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citing Canadian intelligence, said a rocket shot down a Ukrainian plane in Iran.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump on the causes of the tragedy of the Ukrainian Boeing - he is sure that the plane was shot down.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is convinced that the crash of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 in Tehran is not connected with anyone’s intentional actions.

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. 

Related: Georgia ready to assist Ukraine in investigating plane crash in Iran

 
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