Breaking: Iran Admits It Shot Down UIA 737

Iran has admitted that it was responsible for shooting down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet this week. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed just outside Tehran on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 and despite strong indications the aircraft was downed by an Iranian missile, the Iranian Government had maintained the crash was due to mechanical issues.

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Iran has just admitted it accidentally shot down PS752 last week. Photo: Getty Images.

The New York Times is reporting that the Iranian Government has admitted that flight PS752 was shot down accidentally by an Iranian missile after the aircraft took an unexpected turn towards a military base. Iran says it was a case of human error.

The admission follows widespread belief a missile was responsible for the crash

The admission follows several Governments saying that they had evidence the aircraft was downed by a missile. Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said on Thursday;

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“We have evidence from multiple sources – including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile. This may have been unintentional.”

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US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo had said it was “likely” the aircraft was shot down by an Iranian missile.

176 people were killed in the crash. Of that number, 138 of the passengers were destined for Canada and 63 of the passengers on board were Canadian citizens. There were also 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three British onboard.

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Iran says the aircraft veered to close to a sensitive military camp. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr.

According to the report in the New York Times,  the statement out of Iran said that flight PS752;

“…. took the flying posture and altitude of an enemy target … under these circumstances, because of human error,  the plane came under fire.”

The Iranian statement goes onto say the aircraft flew close to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base.

According to a report on CNN, Iranian defense installations were reporting increased radar activity at the time which heightened sensitivity around these bases. They say the Ukrainian International Airlines flight was at an altitude and “condition” that resembled hostile activity.

Foreign Minister cites “US adventurism”

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted the following message on Twitter;

“A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigations by Armed Forces: Human error at a time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.

“Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to and families of all victims and to other affected nations.”

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Iranian authorities have recovered the two black boxes from the crash site but are not allowing outside authorities access to them yet. Photo: Getty Images.

Iran’s admission comes not just as other Governments publicly point the finger, it comes following video footage emerging that appears to show a missile strike something over Tehran at the time the aircraft was downed, early on Wednesday morning, Tehran time.

Iranian authorities have the two flight data recorders but are reported to be keeping the contents close, as of now not even allowing Ukrainian investigators access to them. Parts of the aircraft have been taken to a hanger for reconstruction and bodies from the scene have gone to forensic labs for DNA testing.

Further details are expected to emerge over the course of the weekend.

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Gerry S

Well, there you have it. Missile hit. First Malasia, Now Ukraine. At one time no one flying ever thought that they could be shot down. Plane trouble, yes. But now there is a new fear. Who wudda thunk it?

C Frost

The colours are close to the USAF C-40 Clippers. I understand how it can happen but I still think there is another reason. This is just the simple excuse out.

Koos Stander

Caught lying, can you believe anything ?

Thomas Hart

Personally I would have thought that the “sensitive missile base” would understand that there was a commercial airport nearby…

Colm

Gerry don’t forget the USA shot down and a320 from Iran several years ago…. Horrible for all those poor people on that plane! If I were due to fly to iran (not that I EVER would) I would be cancelling my ticket

Transworld

The reality is you keep civilian airliners out of war zones you don’t have this! Iran is guilty of both those shoot down, period. In the Gulf shoot-down they could easily route around the conflict area but did not. Right through the damn middle. of it at 14k and I don'[t care airliner or not, you are going to be flipping nervous with a suicide possibility. Talk about gross stupidity. Many a Jap Kamikaze continued onto hitting the ship even when shot up. Missiles do not act instantly and disintegrate a large aircraft. This gets brought up again and again… Read more »

High Mile Club

It was an Iran Air A300 that was misidentified as an F-14 that was actually several miles inland. Point is though, the Navy fully admitted to their mistake whereas Iran tried to hide there’s.

Colm

Gerry don’t forget the USA shot down an A320 flying from iran several years ago (the navy captain was given a medal !!!) Those poor people on that plane I feel so sorry for them. If I were due to fly to iran (not that I EVER would) I would be cancelling my ticket

Tom

I think it’s absolutely appalling. You would think that sophisticated military technology would have identified the aircraft as a commercial jet. Someone has made a huge mistake. Probably some trigger happy young military personnel.

Transworld

Tom: Recently an Aegis Suite Norwegian Frigate got itself rammed by a tanker on a clear night in a non war zone.

You might want to inform yourself taht its not easy when you say stuff like that.

Marques Dean

@Colm
Actually the aircraft involved in the Iran Air accidental shoot down was an Airbus A300.

Marques Dean

@Colm
Actually the aircraft involved in the Iran Air accidental shootdown was an Airbus A300.

Gary

The thing is the US should never of killed that Iran general in Baghdad .
Was reading that they had spies at the airport to let them know when the Iran general was there and they had 3 drones to take him out.
Then Iran retaliated that day and hit the US bases in Iraq.
When the Ukraine International 737 was taking off the air defence people were jittery waiting for the US to strike.
As Trump threatened to hit Iran with everything it could hit it with.

Moaz Abid

First A Malaysia 777 shot over ukraine and now ukraine airlines shot over iran. What next, Iran Air shot over Asia

Daniel Baglietto Seymour

I knew it from the very beginning that this was no accident.Who and why can Iran be trusted??!! What about the Air Traffic Controllers did nt they know that this was a Boeing 737 and not otherwise!!!??? Come on Iran I urge all airlines to stop flying to Iran and ban Iran air plus other Iranian carriers from flying over their airspace.My condolences to the families of the passengers and crew.Shame on You Iran.How dare you kill innocent lives!

Gary

It seems elsewhere on here about United Airlines and there flight crews not to look like Americans while abroard.
Seems that when the Ukraine International Airlines was turning.
It flew straight over a military base.
With every one on high alert and expecting a attack from the US.
Wouldn’t of gave them to much time to see what it was.
The UIA737 may not even had it’s transponder on at the time.
To identify it as a crucial plane.
All this will have to be looked at when investigating the incident.

Transworld

We don’t know what the controled path was, because the Iranians are the ones say it. The normal outbound patch takes it close to both a missile test area and the 25h Iranian Divisions Where in Iran do you NOT have military stuff that is “sensitive” This is nothing more than a major screw up with the Iranians blaming the pilot and the US when they are solely responsible for it all As the Coms went black on a normal flight path, what looks to have occurred was that two missiles were fired, one if not both hit taking out… Read more »

High Mile Club

Why would a civilian airliner NOT have its transponder running? They’re supposed to be in flight at all times.

Wasper

Why has the USA play world police again? This plane was shot down because of USA is there and attacked Iran. Why dont they go home? Stop provoking! Rather spend money to pay off the DEBT.

Gerry S

Wasper, I understand your angst but US did not attack Iran. Their military action (right or wrong) occured in Iraq.