11 January 2020 - 10:09
Human error led to airplane crash

According to Iran's IRGC's statement, the country acknowledged that the Ukrainian passenger jet was "unintentionally" shot down early Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Iran (IMNA) - The statement indicated that the plane was mistaken for an "enemy" after it turned toward a "strategical military center" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It also blamed the "Maximum military readiness level" resulting from the recent tensions with the United States. 

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif  tweeted early in the morning;

"A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations."

Iran's president also says the country "deeply regrets this tragedy 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. Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake.

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