TEHRAN: Iranian armed forces on Saturday confessed that shooting down of Ukrainian airline on wednesday wasn’t intentional rather it was human error.
The plane, which crashed on Wednesday killing all 176 people on board, was wrongly gotten as a “hostile plane” and was hit at time when enemy threats were at the climax, press statement issued by the official IRNA news agency.
According to official statement issued on Iranian media said that the plane had flown close to a “sensitive military base” and was mistaken for a “hostile target”, while the military was at its “highest state of alertness” amid the US tensions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Saturday said his country “profoundly regrets” the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, which he described as “a great tragedy & unforgivable mistake”. “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. he said on Twitte
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also expressed his “profound regrets, apologies and condolences” to the families of the victims. “A sad day,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. “Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” he said. “Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei ordered to address “shortcomings” after a Ukrainian passenger jet was mistakenly shot down, his office said.