Iran has announced that its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people onboard.
The statement came on Saturday morning via state TV with “human error” blamed for the downing of the plane.
A military statement carried by state media said the plane was mistaken for a hostile target after it turned toward a sensitive military centre of the Revolutionary Guard.
“The military was at its highest level of readiness,” it said, amid the heightened tensions with the United States. “In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit.”
It apologized for the disaster and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such mistakes in the future. The responsible parties would be referred to a judicial department within the military and held accountable, the statement said.
伊朗军方承认意外击落乌克兰客机后，伊朗外长扎里夫(Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif)在推特上发文：
“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.”