Iran names those responsible for PS752 downed aircraft
Missile system operator violated firing rules without permission
Iran has named responsible for the Ukrainian plane shot down in January of this year near Tehran. It is the missile system operator, who violated the rules of firing “without permission”. This was stated by former Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeki with reference to the response to his request from the Minister of Defense of Iran Amir Khatami, Radio Liberty reports.
According to it, Khatami said that the missile system operator probably hadn’t contacted the command center, relying on the “fuzzy information” of the Ministry of Defense when making the decision to launch the rocket.
Mahmoud Sadeki also said that by sending a request, he wanted to receive explanations from the Minister of Defense of the reasons for “lack of coordination in the national air defense network.” This, in his opinion, led to the launch of two missiles on a Ukrainian passenger plane in the sky of Tehran.
We recall that on the night of January 7-8, Boeing 737 passenger plane, which belonged to UIA, crashed near the Iranian capital. On board were 176 people, of which 9 were crew members. Among the dead are 11 Ukrainians, two were passengers. Most of the victims Iranians and Canadians.
On Saturday morning, January 11, the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces announced that a missile launched by the military center of the Guards of the Islamic Revolution hit the Ukrainian Boeing 737 aircraft.