Iran Takes Responsibility for Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet

By Chandler Snyder


Officials inspect the wreckage of the Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines jet that crashed near Tehran, killing everyone onboard. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA


Iran’s civil aviation authority confirmed two missiles were fired at the Ukrainian airliner January 8th, resulting in the death of 176. Iran’s civil aviation authority posted a statement on their website stating “Investigators… discovered that two Tor-M1 missiles… were fired at the aircraft” also stating they have an active investigation going on. Iran had denied the western claims based on US intelligence reports that the plane had been shot down for days before finally coming clean. Aerospace commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh accepted full responsibility, but said the missile operator who opened fired was acting “independently”.

Personally, I don't like the way the media is treating this, everyone is looking at it as a tragedy and mistake. Mistake or not, murder is murder. Think about it, Iran shot down a plane with 176 innocent civilians on it and then proceeded to lie about shooting it down for two weeks.