BREAKING: Iran Admits to Shooting Down Ukrainian Plane, but Still Blames US

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim of a Ukrainian plane crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital’s main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

 

U.S. officials had already pointed to Iran for shooting down the Ukrainian plane that crashed shortly after Iran fired missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq.

Iran had initially proclaimed it an accident.

But tonight, they finally admitted both on their state television and in a statement by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Twitter that they had “unintentionally” shot down the plane, blaming human error.

But Zarif also blamed “US adventurism.”

“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.
💔”

The U.S, of course, had nothing to do with it, so Iran’s apology is less than sincere.

Both U.S. and Canadian officials said that they had evidence it was shot down.

According to NBC, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadian officials had intelligence from multiple sources, including allies as well as Canada’s own intelligence, and “the evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.” Trudeau said then that it could have been unintentional.

But the investigation will continue.

176 people were killed in the shootdown.