If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few days, you probably heard about the Ukrainian flight that crashed on Wednesday just after taking off from Tehran, Iran, leaving all 176 passengers and crew dead.
Iran originally claimed that the plane suffered a mechanical failure – but refused to hand the plane’s black box over to Boeing, who manufactured the plane.
Media outlets and world leaders quickly began reporting that the plane had actually been shot down by Iran, reports that seemed corroborated by videos of the crash.
BREAKING: New video appears to show missile hitting Flight 752 before it crashed near Tehran, killing 176 people pic.twitter.com/Jb3Cy3OgUT
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Now, Iran has admitted to launching missiles at the passenger plane:
The New York Times reports that Iran has admitted to shooting down a Ukrainian 737 this week that killed 176 people, and claimed that the plane was accidentally shot down when it turned toward an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military base.
I fly a lot. I don’t know exactly what goes on behind the scenes to get planes in the air and safely back to the ground, but I’m pretty sure there are communications systems in place that could have prevented this.
I’m sure Iran thought this was an American plane and launched its missiles without regard for the lives of the individuals on board, and without taking the time or care to to confirm the flight contained the enemy.
Not that Iran’s actions would be excusable if the plane had been American. It was still a passenger plane full of innocent civilians.
Iran’s admission that it shot down the passenger plane comes after it lied for several days when it falsely claimed that it did not shoot the plane down and accused the United States of engaging in a “psychological operation” against Iran by “propagating such fallacies” that it falsely claimed was “a big lie.”
“It is unfortunate that the psychological operation of the US government and those supporting it are adding insult to the injury of the bereaved families and victimizing them for certain goals by propagating such fallacies,” Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said. “No one will assume responsibility for such a big lie once it is known that the claim and been fraudulent.”
Now, it turns out Iran was the one adding insult to the injury by refusing to take responsibility for its actions in shooting the plane out of the sky.
It’s not much, but I pray this admission brings some sliver of peace to the families of those lost in the crash.