Iran Admits To Shooting Down Airliner


Iran has admitted its forces downed a Ukrainian International Airlines aircraft on Wednesday, killing all 176 on board. “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. Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a tweet released Saturday morning local time. “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences,” Rouhani added.

Several countries had already publicly announced that the Boeing 737-800 had been downed by two Russian-made missiles fired by Iranian forces but Iran had refused to admit responsibility until Friday. But Iran said the U.S. shoulders part of the blame because of its earlier drone attack on the country’s military commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that “human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.” The airliner took off from Tehran just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday about four hours after Iran shot 22 missiles at an American air base in Iraq. Iranian officials said the airliner was mistaken for a military aircraft threatening a sensitive Revolutionary Guards installation. Most of those on board were heading for connecting flights to Canada and several European countries.

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  1. Sigh.

    But elements of the leftist media continue blaming this on a pre-emptive and retaliatory strike by the U.S. on Soleimanai — a known organizer of international terrorism that was key and critical to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

    We all saw the video of Iran’s missile taking out the Ukrainian jetliner. I’m sorry, but there’s no way on God’s green earth that Iran — “the gang that can’t shoot straight” — and with known “sleeper cells” across the US should have access to nuclear weapons. A downed aircraft here … a sunken sea vessel there … can all be conveniently blamed on the US by a wretched leftist media.

    Peace means Iran taking the anti-nuclear stance of Japan post WW-2. Any other position is untenable.

    Ooops, I forgot. This is an aviation blog. Sorry.

  2. ““human error… caused by US adventurism led to disaster.”

    He sounds like a 3 year old; only admit to doing something wrong if you can blame your sister.
    Here is a thought: maybe attacking foreign embassies leads to losing a few people on your own side.

  3. This isn’t so much an admission of guilt as a round about way to blame the U.S. for the whole incident. In other words, the bad Americans made us do it. Conveniently omitted was the fact that the U.S. attack that killed their terrorist general took place near the Bagdad airport in Iraq, not Iran. No American drone or piloted aircraft ever came near to entering Iranian airspace. It’s kind of hard to justify shooting at a “suspected enemy aircraft threatening a sensitive Revolutionary Guard facility”, when we never came near their airspace in the beginning. The sad irony is that almost all the people killed were either Iranian citizens, or of Iranian descent, as in the case of the 60+ Canadians who died.