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Iran’s Final Report On Downed Ukrainian Jet Absolves Armed Forces

In January 2020, Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed after take off from Tehran.


Iran on Wednesday launched its ultimate report on the Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down final yr killing 176 individuals, devoting two paragraphs to causes and absolving the armed forces.

Ukraine, which misplaced 11 residents within the catastrophe, instantly dismissed the report as “a cynical attempt to hide (the) true causes” of the tragedy, whereas Canada, which misplaced 55 residents and 30 everlasting residents, mentioned it’s “incomplete and has no hard facts or evidence.”

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed shortly after take off from Iran’s capital Tehran killing all 176 individuals aboard.

The Islamic republic admitted three days later that its forces mistakenly shot down the Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 airplane, after firing two missiles.

In a ultimate report launched in English of over 145 pages, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO) devoted two paragraphs to “accident causes and contributing factors”.

The first paragraph signifies what was already identified, particularly that Iranian forces fired “two surface-to-air missiles at the flight PS752… (that) led the aircraft to crash into the ground and explode instantly.”

The second paragraph examines “other contributing factors”, wherein it mentioned the “alertness” of troops on the bottom.

“The mitigating measures and defence layers in risk management proved to be ineffective due to the occurrence of an unanticipated error in threat identifications, and ultimately failed to protect the flight safety against the threats caused by the alertness of defence forces,” it learn.

– ‘Human error’ –

Tensions between Iran and the US have been hovering on the time of the downing of the Ukrainian jetliner.

Iranian air defences have been on excessive alert for a US counter-attack after Tehran fired missiles at a army base in Iraq that was utilized by US forces.

Those missiles have been fired in response to the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, who headed the overseas operations arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in a US drone strike close to Baghdad’s worldwide airport.

In July 2020, in a progress report, Iran’s CAO mentioned poor tuning of an anti-aircraft unit’s radar was the primary “human error” behind the tragedy.

The tragedy sparked sturdy condemnation in Iran, particularly after it took three days for the armed forces to confess to having shot down the airplane “by mistake”.

Reacting to the publication of the ultimate report, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned Tehran had ignored its solutions.

“Ukraine has earlier sent Iran more than 90 pages of remarks and proposals to its draft final report and insisted on Iran including them into the final document,” Kuleba mentioned in a press release.

“However, what we saw published today is just a cynical attempt to hide true causes of the downing of our passenger aircraft.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra mentioned “the report makes no attempt to answer critical questions about what truly happened.”

“We remain deeply concerned about the lack of convincing information and evidence, despite the publication of this investigation report,” they mentioned in a joint assertion, underscoring that 138 of the 176 killed within the crash had ties to Canada.

“Their families deserve answers to important questions, including on the series of events that led to these missiles being launched in the first place, and why the airspace was allowed to remain open during a period of heightened hostilities.”

Ottawa will quickly launch the outcomes of its personal investigation into the crash.

Garneau and Alghabra mentioned Canada would proceed to hunt solutions and guarantee Iran “takes full responsibility and makes full reparations” to the households and family members of the victims.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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