Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner
Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.
The statement came Saturday morning.
It blames “human error” for the shootdown.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had this to say on Twitter:
The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of its top general.
Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft.
But then the U.S. and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.