By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Iran has admitted that it was responsible for the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 last January 8 that claimed 176 lives. This came after several repeated denials from Tehran that is was involved in the shooting down of flight PS752. Tehran said that the downing was done unintentionally by jumpy soldiers manning a missile battery who were on full alert for possible American air strikes.
Prior to the admission, the Iranian government maintained that the crash was due to a mechanical failure despite strong indications that the aircraft was shot out of the air by a missile.
Despite their denial, suspicion grew after a FlightRadar24 tracker showed that PS752 climbed to 8,000ft but then suddenly crashed to the ground. There was no distress call from any of the pilots.
A video posted on social media showed what it seems as a missile flying through the night sky and striking an aircraft in the area of the crash.
In a report by FlightGlobal, Iran was expecting possible air strikes after the nation launched ballistic missile strikes on bases in Iraq where American soldiers were housed.
Iranian military claims that after Ukraine International Airlines 737 left Tehran, the aircraft began to fly in rotation that placed it in “close proximity to a sensitive military centre of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.”
Iranian armed forces said, "In these circumstances, the plane was accidentally hit by a human error, which unfortunately results in the martyrdom of dear compatriots and the death of a number of foreign nationals."
As more information are slowly pouring in, experts are now coming to a conclusion what Iran is admitting, "an ill-trained missile unit under high stress, and poorly coordinated with civilian aviation authorities, mistakenly shot down flight PS752."
Iranian authorities now have the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder but are reported to keep the contents close wherein not even the Ukrainian investigators are allowed to access them.