UIA president says had no doubt about crew’s innocence in Iran plane crash
President of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Yevhen Dykhne has said that he had no doubt about the innocence of the company and the crew in a Ukrainian plane crash in Iran on January 8.
He wrote this on his Facebook page.
“We had no doubt for a second that our crew and our plane could not have caused this terrible, horrific plane crash. I thank everyone who thought and analyzed, who shared and shares this with us. It’s very important to us. They were our best guys. The best ones. We are mourning, and the whole world without exaggeration is mourning with us. 167 lost lives. Nine of our crew members,” Dykhne wrote.
On January 11, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani apologized for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane by the Iranian military, expressing his condolences to the families of the dead. He called the plane crash a disastrous mistake.
Rouhani wrote on his Twitter account that “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.” He also stressed that investigations continued to identify and prosecute “this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake.”
A Ukraine International Airlines plane (flight PS752), en route from Tehran to Kyiv, crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport early on January 8. There were 176 people on board the aircraft. All of them died. The crash killed 11 Ukrainians (two passengers and all nine crew), 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, ten Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three Britons.
Iran had claimed that the plane had crashed due to an engine failure. However, early on January 11, Iran stated that it had shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane accidentally. The aircraft took off from the airport and was seen as an enemy target as it came close to an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base.
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