Canada’s FM doesn’t believe human error was to blame for UIA plane crash

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne does not believe Iran’s destruction of Ukrainian Flight PS752 can be blamed on human error.

He said he did not accept Iran’s explanation for the cause of the crash but declined to outline other possible versions of the tragedy.

“Well, we’ll let the process unfold… What I say is that we saw missiles being fired at the airline, and that, for me, raised all sorts of questions,” Champagne said in an interview with CBC News.

The minister expressed concern over the quality of information about the crash probe being released by the Iranian side.

“I will question everything they say because I take nothing at face value,” Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister said.

Champagne said the task of getting to the bottom of what happened has been difficult, since Canada lacks access to witnesses, evidence and suspects. He said he would continue to press Iran for answers.

Earlier on Tuesday, a report on the UIA plane crash prepared by Ralph Goodale, special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was published.

On December 15, 2020, Mr. Goodale released the report Flight PS752: The long road to transparency, accountability and justice. It examines what happened to PS752 and provides a summary of the Government of Canada’s response, a chronology of events and Mr. Goodale’s recommendations on best practices.

The document states that Canada continues to work with international partners to ensure a thorough and credible investigation into this tragedy, and hold Iran accountable for its violations of international law.

As reported, Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kyiv time) on Wednesday, January 8. There were 176 people on board – nine crew members (all Ukrainians) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK).

On January 11, Iran admitted that its military had accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accepted full responsibility for the downing of the Ukrainian airliner.

(c) Ukrinform

5 comments

  • Canada need to investigate the Russian link here. Russian weapons were used to bring down the Ukrainian plane. Might be just coincidence that the Ukrainian plane was brought down, after so many other flights had taken off safely, but when Russian weapons are involved, I don’t believe in coincidences. After all, Russia have recent history deploying terrorism to bring down civilian planes.

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    • Plus, as I understand it, these SAM’s were upgraded to include an override to remote control and since they’re Russian-made that could give them the control. That may be what the Canadian FM is getting at and it wasn’t just one errant shot, there were two and I believe they were 30 seconds apart which is a very long time.

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      • More proof that Iran is a mortal enemy of Ukraine: the UN adopted a resolution on Human Rights in Crimea. Iran voted against. Full list : Countries that voted against the resolution
        Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Philippines, Serbia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
        One unpleasant surprise in that list of shithole countries: India. It looks like they are falling back into putler groveling. Never trust those bastards.
        Ukraine should suspend all flights to that sewer country.

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        • Comoros is a new one to me. Even had to google it. Seems it’s some small island north of Madagascar. It only has a population of 800,000. How the hell does it qualify to be called a country?

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  • It took the Iranian regime a week of bald-faced lying before, faced with irrefutable evidence gathered by satellites and worldwide intelligence agencies, they were forced to admit responsibility. Wrapped up in deflection of culpability.They allegedly opened fire twice without getting approval from senior ranking officers.
    Which is simply beyond credibility. Planes aren’t blown out of the sky by a pair of low-ranking missile guards without authorization.
    A nation of manifest prevarication continues to dodge truth about what was fundamentally an act of mass murder. Which is something to keep in mind when President-elect Joe Biden, as avowed, resurrects the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama and scuttled by Donald Trump.

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