Iran Confirms Two Missiles Were Fired at Downed Ukrainian Airliner

(MEE) — Iran has confirmed that two surface-to-air missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down outside of Tehran earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board.

In a second preliminary report posted on its website late on Monday, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation confirmed investigators discovered that “two Tor-M1 missiles” had been fired at the aircraft.

Its initial report was released shortly after the 8 January incident, before Iran’s military acknowledged its role in the accidental downing of flight 752 during a tit-for-tat strike on American targets in Iraq following a U.S. attack that killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

The Revolutionary Guard aerospace commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh accepted full responsibility, but said the missile operator who opened fire had been acting independently.

Pressure From Home and Abroad

Iran’s handling of the plane disaster has also sparked anti-government protests in Tehran, videos posted on social media showed.

The country is also facing mounting international pressure to carry out a full and transparent investigation into the air disaster.

However, it has refused to send the flight’s data records abroad for analysis, Instead it has asked the US and French authorities for equipment to download information from the plane’s black boxes.

Due to years of US sanctions that limited Iran’s ability to purchase modern planes and buy products with US technology, many passenger planes used in Iran are decades old. As a result, the aviation body said it did not have the equipment needed to download information from the model of recorders on the three-year-old US-built Boeing 737.

A list of equipment Iran needs has been sent to French accident agency BEA and the US National Transportation Safety Board, it said.

“Until now, these countries have not given a positive response to sending the equipment to (Iran),” the Iranian aviation body added, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Canada, 57 of whose citizens were among the 176 people killed in the crash, has said France should handle the flight data and voice recorders as one of the few nations with the ability to analyse the information.

Kiev has also repeatedly called for Iran to return the black boxes from the Boeing 737 flown by Ukraine International Airlines.

The air disaster and subsequent unrest comes amid one of the biggest escalations between Tehran and Washington since the revolution four decades ago that made them into foes.

Tit-for-tat military strikes began with missiles launched at a US base that killed an American contractor in late December, and reached their climax when Washington killed Soleimani, the architect of Iran’s regional network of proxy militias, in a drone strike in Baghdad on 3 January.

In a step that will increase diplomatic pressure, Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute mechanism last week to challenge Iran for breaching limits on its nuclear programme under an agreement which Washington abandoned in 2018.

By MEE staff Republished with permission / Middle East Eye / Report a typo

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One Response to “Iran Confirms Two Missiles Were Fired at Downed Ukrainian Airliner”

  1. SAMIR SARDANA says:

    The Ukranian plane crash stinks !

    As soon as the Iranian BM were in the air – the Iranians would and should have closed their airspace ! Why did not do it ? It takes a second.

    That the Ukranian plane veered to the IRG HQ near the airport,or that the radar or transponder pods,on the plane were off or put off – is all bullshit.The Iranian ADS would know all the commercial flight schedules of the day,and would also know the RCS of a Boeing,and the time of its takeoff.dindooohindoo

    Even if the Americans jets were to make a raid into Iran – the ADS at the land border,would pick them up and the jets would fly at 20-25000 feet.The Ukranian plane was at take off stage -less than 10000 feet.How could the Iranian ADS at Tehran,assume that the projectile was a Cruise Missile – at low altitude ?

    American jets were in the air in Iraq even before the BM launch by Iran – and must have been tracked by the Iranian ADS and Radars.

    Not 1 American Killed in the Ukranian Flight ! Not 1 EU killed in the flight ! 90% were Iranians ! That is why the Iranians came out on the streets – AS IRANIANS WERE KILLED ON THE FLIGHT !

    Ain’t no coincidence ! It is the Americans who might have jammed the communications between the flight and the Iranian ADS – and also jammed the Iranian ADS – to cause the Iranian Hit ! The aim was to discredit the IRG and the Iranian Elite – by making the Persians kill Persians on Persian Soil – blowing the myths around the Quds,Basij, IRG and the clergy – and start a Tahrir !

    There can be no other reason ! Americans can jam any Iranian ADS – except the S-400 systems – as also,proven by the IAF raids in Syria – right upto the Syrian Presidential Palace.

    Iranians/Russians allow the killing of Soleimani , Miss all the targets in Iraq , Do not close their airspace after launching of BM AND SHOOT DOWN A NATO PLANE FULL OF IRANIANS -with no American or EU casualties !

    S-T-I-N-K !

    During Indo-Pak conflict in 2019 the Hindoo worms shot their own chopper near the IB.That was due intense radar clutter and noise and EW from both sides of the border.

    The Ukranian plane was shot 10000 feet in the air – in TEHRAN,hundreds of miles from the IB with Iraq ! And there is a complete RECORDING by some human on the ground – who was there at the right time and right place. 2 Missiles were fired ! TWO ! The 2nd was to make sure – a MAN behind the MANPAD !

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