Saturday , September 19 2020

Ukrainian plane was 'unintentionally' shot down, Iran says | CBC News, Hacker News

Iran announced Saturday that its military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 728 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible.

People react at a vigil for the Iran plane crash victims at the University of Manitoba on Friday in Winnipeg. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Friday that 57 Canadians were killed. (John Woods / Canadian Press)

Iran announced Saturday that its military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 752 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible.

The plane was shot down early Wednesday, hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad. No one was wounded in the attack on the bases.

A military statement carried by state media said the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target” after it turned toward a “sensitive military center” of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard . The military was at its “highest level of readiness,” it said, amid the heightened tensions with the United States.

“In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit, “the statement said. It apologized for the disaster and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such “mistakes” in the future.

It also said those responsible for the strike on the plane would be prosecuted.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Twitter offered “profound regrets, apologies and condolences” to those affected, but also blamed “US adventurism” for the accident.

President Hassan Rouhani tweeted: “Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.”

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.https://t.co/4dkePxupzm

& mdash; @ HassanRouhani

Flight PS (******************************************, a Boeing operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff. Ottawa said 728 people were bound for Canada.

Iran had denied it was responsible. But then the U.S. and Canada said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had saidmultiple intelligence sources indicated the plane was downed by an Iranian missile, possibly by accident – an assessment that has been echoed by Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australia’s Scott Morrison.

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Friday that Canadians were killed

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WATCH | Purported video of missile strike:

Video recording appears to show a missile making impact on an aircraft over Tehran . The New York Times says visual and sonic clues in the footage match flight path information and satellite imagery of the area near where Flight PS crashed. (Video courtesy of the New York Times) 0:

Ottawa is leading a group of nations that lost citizens in the crash to advocate with “one single voice, “Champagne said Friday.

The government is also creating a task force of top public servants to make sure Canadian families affected by the crash get the support and information they need, he added.

The measures follow private conversations in Toronto between Trudeau and the families of victims.

The dead also included citizens of Iran, Ukraine, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Germany.

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