Tehran can pay $150,000 to every household of the 176 victims killed when a Ukrainian passenger airplane was mistakenly shot down by Iran in January, the presidency stated Wednesday.
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s airport on January 8, killing all 176 individuals on board.
The Islamic republic admitted three days later that its forces unintentionally shot down the Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 airplane after firing two missiles, amid heightened US-Iran tensions.
“The cabinet approved the provision of $150,000, or the equivalent in euros… for the families and survivors of each of the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash as soon as possible,” Iran’s presidency stated, based on the official IRNA information company.
“This compensation does not prevent the prosecution of the criminal element of the case before the competent judicial authority,” the assertion added.
Many of these killed have been Iranians and Canadians, with 85 Canadian residents or everlasting residents, some twin nationals.
Iran’s civil aviation authority has stated the misalignment of an air defence unit’s radar system was the important thing “human error” that led to the airplane’s downing.
Tehran’s air defences had been on excessive alert on the time in case the US retaliated in opposition to Iranian strikes hours earlier on American troops stationed in Iraq, which in flip had been in response to the US assassination of Iran’s high commander, General Qasem Soleimani.
Ukraine’s overseas minister stated in July that he hoped to acquire as a lot monetary compensation as attainable in an effort to alleviate “the pain and mourning” of the family of the victims.
A Ukrainian delegation visited Tehran in October for talks on attainable monetary compensation.
Iranian Foreign Affairs then indicated that the negotiations had centered particularly on “compensation for families and the airline”.
On Wednesday, Mohammad Eslami, Iran’s transport minister, stated the ultimate crash report can be “soon” made public, together with a model in English.
“The owner of the plane, Ukraine, and Boeing were present for the investigation,” Eslami stated, based on IRNA.
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