Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.
The statement blamed 'human error' for shooting down the plane on Tuesday.
#Iran has invited the #US National Transportation Safety Board to take part in its investigation into the crash of #Ukrainian jetliner and the US agency has agreed to assign an investigator, an #Iranian official said. pic.twitter.com/m712wK7OFU— Haider Sherazi (@ImHaiderSherazi) January 10, 2020
The government also offered an apology to families.
The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S forces.
Iran admits it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian jetliner! Retweet!— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) January 11, 2020
The announcement, citing “human error” for the strike, came Saturday via Iranian state TV, referring to statement from the military.
Iran previously denied involvement in the crash.https://t.co/ss3ocs823c pic.twitter.com/FTs2RyQR5o
Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft. But then the U.S and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.
According to officials the plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.