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    Earlier this week, a Boeing 737 crashed in Iran killing all 176 people on board. Tehran previously stressed that the tragedy had occurred due to a technical error. Several Western nations, however, refused to rule out the possibility that the plane was downed by a missile.

    Tehran unintentionally shot down Ukraine's Boeing 737 because of "human error", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Saturday.

    The Iranian military also confirmed in a statement on state TV that the jet was brought down unintentionally as it flew close to a sensitive military installation. According to the statement, the parties responsible will be held accountable by the judiciary.

    The armed forces have expressed their condolences to the families of the victims.

    The Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800 travelling from Tehran to Kiev crashed soon after takeoff from Tehran Airport on Wednesday.

    All 176 people on board the aircraft died, including citizens of Iran, Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, and Afghanistan.

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    • 18:53

      Zelensky Says He Agreed With Rouhani on Joint Work on Decoding Flight Recorders

      "We agreed [with Rouhani] about the beginning of joint work on decoding two flight recorders," Zelenskyy said on his official Facebook account.

    • 18:33

      Trudeau Says Many Questions Remain After IRGC Takes Responsibility for Ukrainian Plane Downing

      Two women mourn standing in front of a memorial for the flight crew of the Ukrainian 737-800 plane that crashed on the outskirts of Tehran, inside Borispil international airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine, late Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

      Trudeau Wants ‘Clear’ Answers from Iran to Determine If Ukraine Plane Downing Was ‘Indeed a Mistake’

      The Canadian PM is currently holding a press conference devoted to new findings connected with the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran that killed all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadian citizens.
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    • 16:35

      Videos of Protests Allegedly Taking Place in Tehran After IRGC Announcement on Downing of Ukrainian Plane Make Rounds On Twitter

    • 14:25

      US Top Administration Official Blames Iran's 'Reckless Actions' For Boeing 737 Catastrophe

    • 14:23

      Russian Lawmaker: Iran Acted With Dignity by Pleading Guilty in Ukrainian Plane Crash

      The first deputy head of the Russian upper house's international affairs committee, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said that Iran acted honourably by officially admitting guilt in the Ukrainian plane crash.

      “Now Iran would have to apologize officially and pay compensations to the victims’ families. Western propaganda will crack down on the country, pointing to its guilt and Iran’s danger", Dzhabarov said.

    • 13:47

      Journalist Dismisses Possibility Iran Could Have Targeted Boeing on Purpose

      Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran

      No Way Could Iran Have ‘Intentionally’ Targeted a Civilian Plane – Journo

      Earlier, Iranian officials admitted that the crash of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 near Tehran on Wednesday was due to “human error”, as it had unintentionally been brought down when misidentified as an enemy aircraft amid an ongoing escalation in US-Iran tensions. Iranian authorities have expressed their condolences to the families of all the victims.
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    • 13:46

      Important First Step: UK Prime Minister Assesses Iran's Admission of Responsibility for Plane Crash

    • 12:15

      Ukrainian President's Office Publishes Photos of Boeing Debris

    • 11:46

      Rouhani, Zelensky Discuss Downing of Ukrainian Plane in Iran Over Phone — State Media

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, held phone talks on Saturday to discuss the crash of Ukraine's Boeing 737 in Tehran after it became known that the plane had been shot down by the Iranian military, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting agency announced.

      The IRIB informed about the Rouhani-Zelensky call on its Telegram channel.

      The two presidents were expected to speak slightly later in the day, as per the Ukrainian presidential press service's announcement earlier on Saturday.

    • 11:34

      France Has Yet to Receive Iran's Request to Decode Ukrainian Boeing Recorder - French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis

    • 11:33

      Iran Provides All Data on Passenger Plane Crash to Ukrainian Experts - Zelensky's Office

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukrainian experts have received all the necessary information on the Ukrainian Boeing 737 crash in the vicinity of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport and were granted data access, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office said on Saturday.

      "Operational headquarters of the NSDC [Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council] established by the order of President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the plane crash of a UIA [Ukraine International Airlines] Boeing in Iran, received all the necessary information from the very beginning. Our experts were provided with all video, photo and other materials to analyse the processes that took place and are still ongoing in Tehran", the presidential office said in its Telegram channel.

    • 11:28

      Iran Should Take Full Responsibility for Plane Incident - Ukrainian Airlines Vice President

      According to the vice president, Tehran Airport was open and in full working capacity during the incident, adding that Iranian authorities should have closed the airport.

    • 11:19

      Iranian Air Defence System Operator Had Faulty Communication, Made Bad Decision With 10 Seconds to Make Up His Mind - Iranian Military

    • 10:56

      'I Wish I Could Die': IRGC Aerospace Chief Sheds Light on Jet Incident as Command Takes Full Responsibility for Tragedy

      In this handout photo released by Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), people work at the site of the Ukraine International Airlines' Boeing 737-800 passenger plane crash in the vicinity of the town of Parand, outside Tehran, Iran

      Iran Was Prepared for Full-Fledged War with US When Missile Downed Ukrainian Jet - IRGC Commander

      Earlier in the day, Iranian authorities admitted the Ukrainian jet that crashed in Tehran this week was downed with a missile by the Iranian armed forces.
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    • 10:13

      President Zelensky to Talk with Iranian Counterpart Over Phone Later on Saturday

    • 10:10

      Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Accepts Full Responsibility for Ukrainian Plane Incident - Senior IRGC Commander

      According to the commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Iranian air defence systems mistook the Boeing 737 for a cruise missile. The plane was shot down with a short-range projectile, he added.

    • 09:40

      Iran's Supreme Leader Orders Armed Forces to Address 'Shortcomings' Over Plane Downing

    • 08:14

      Flight Records from Crashed Plane to be Sent to France for Decoding

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Hassan Rezaeifar, head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation's investigation board, said on Saturday that the flight recorder of the unintentionally downed Ukrainian passenger plane will be sent to France for decoding, Iranian state media reported.

      According to Rezaeifar, as cited by the IRNA news agency, Iran had to ask a third country to decode the black box as it lacked the necessary technology itself. He said that Iran had asked Canada, France and the United States to bring their software and hardware to Tehran to download the recorder's data, but they declined.

      Rezaeifar was further cited as saying that Tehran then asked Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States to send the black box to an impartial country and all five agreed on France, a country with which Iran has an agreement for downloading black boxes.

      These decisions, however, were taken before the Iranian General Staff made a statement on Saturday on that the plane was accidentally shot down by Iranian forces.

    • 07:32

      Iran's Supreme Leader Calls for Public Disclosure of Investigation Findings Into Deadly Crash - State TV

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the government to make public the findings of an inquiry into the unintentional downing of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 over Tehran by Iranian forces, Iranian state media reported on Saturday.

      According to the broadcaster IRIB, Khamenei convened an emergency meeting of Iran's Supreme Council for National Security immediately after he was informed about the catastrophic mistake by the country's air defence forces, who mistook a passenger plane for a hostile military jet.

      Khamenei has confirmed that the cause of the incident and the findings of an investigation into it will be released in a transparent and honest manner once the meeting is over, the broadcaster added.

       

    • 07:10

      Russian State Duma Condemns Iran's Actions But Acknowledges that Tehran was Provoked - Lawmaker

    • 06:47

      Company Never Doubted Crew and Aircraft’s Innocence in Catastrophe - Ukrainian Airlines President

    • 06:42

      Full Probe and Full Admission of Guilt is Expected From Iran Regarding Plane Crash - Ukrainian President

      "It was not a good morning, but it brought the truth. Even before the conclusion of the investigation by the international committee, Iran owned up to its guilt...We insist on the full admission of guilt. We expected Iran to assure its preparedness to a full and open investigation, to hold the culprits accountable, to return the bodies of the victims, to pay compensation, and to issue official apologies through diplomatic channels", Zelensky wrote on Facebook.

    • 06:30

      Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Calls for 'Closure and Accountability' in Wake of Iran's Plane Crash Statement

      A memorial poster showing Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed outside Tehran, Iran, is seen outside the Iranian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine

      'Closure & Accountability': World Leaders React to Iran's Plane Admission

      Tehran unintentionally shot down Ukraine's Boeing 737 because of "human error", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Saturday.
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    • 05:04

      Iran Identified Ukrainian Jet as Enemy Aircraft Awaiting US Response to Strikes – Military

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) – The Iranian forces falsely recognised the Ukrainian Boeing 737 as an enemy military plane and downed it, waiting for a US response to its strikes on US bases in Iraq, the Iranian General Staff said on Saturday.

      “Amid the threats of the criminal [US] president and military command to hit multiple targets in Iran as well as given the unprecedented air activity in the region, the country’s armed forces were put on highest combat alert to respond to possible threats”, the General Staff said in a statement.

      The General Staff said that after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, the Ukrainian plane approached a military facility and was falsely identified as an enemy aircraft and shot down.

    • 05:02

      Iranian President Orders to Take All Necessary Measures to Pay Compensation for Downed Plane - Statement

      According to the statement, President Rouhani also ordered to eliminate the flaws in the national air defence system in the wake of the downing of the Ukrainian passenger jet.

      “It is necessary to eliminate all weaknesses of the air defence systems, take all the measures to prevent such disasters in the future”, Rouhani said in a statement published on his website.

    • 04:51

      Iran Deeply Regrets Mistake Leading to Ukrainian Plane Crash - President Rouhani

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