Iran Admits Responsibility For “Unintentional” Airplane Crash

The government of Iran admits responsibility for the “unintentional” fiery crash of Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with registration UR-PSR — which operated as Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 on its way to Kyiv from Tehran International Airport — on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 moments after its departure at 6:10 in the morning local time in Tehran; and the airplane disappeared from radar shortly after.

Iran Admits Responsibility For “Unintentional” Airplane Crash

None of the 167 passengers and nine members of the flight crew aboard the airplane — which was built in 2016 and delivered directly to the airline from Boeing — survived the crash.

Effective immediately, all flights to Tehran which are operated by Ukraine International Airlines have been suspended until further notice.

Javad Zarif — who is the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran — posted the following statement at his official Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/JZarif/status/1215847283381755914

A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:

Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster

Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.

This revelation occurred not long after the government of Iran reportedly accused the United States of a “big lie” pertaining to shooting down the commercial passenger aircraft.

The statement which was posted at the official Internet web site of Ukraine International Airlines includes the following information:

Passenger lists will be posted on the airline’s website after final confirmation of their presence on board of the aircraft.

The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims.

As at 09:30hrs, UIA in close cooperation with the aviation authorities, takes all measures to determine the causes of the air accident. In parallel, the airline will be contacting the relatives of the passengers, providing all possible assistance in the current situation.

For information about passengers who were onboard of flight PS752, contact Ukraine International Airline by phone: (0-800-601-527) – telephone is free for all calls within Ukraine or for international calls (+38-044-581-50-19).

Investigation will be conducted with the involvement of the aviation authorities of Ukraine, Iran, representatives of the Boeing manufacturer, the airline, and the National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation of Ukraine. The airline will inform about the progress of the investigation and the causes of the tragic event as soon as they are identified.

The last scheduled maintenance of the aircraft took place on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Summary

The investigation to exactly what happened is still under way in what seems to be a tragic accident.

Meanwhile, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the crash and their families.

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