Tehran says Ukrainian Plane crash must not be politicized
Tehran (IP) - Civil Aviation Organization of Iran announced in a statement that the investigation into the Ukrainian plane crash is underway within the framework of national and international laws and cooperation with affected countries, calling on all sides to avoid politicizing the incident.
Iran Press/Iran news: Civil Aviation Organization of Iran announced in a statement on Wednesday that the crew of Aseman airliner has given another report after communicating with the tower whose audio file has lately been released.
The statement said that the crew of the Aseman airliner who had reported witnessing the light of an object like a missile concurrently with the Ukrainian plane incident on January 8 has later said that they had mistaken the burning plane with a fired missile after watching the related footages.
"The crew of Aseman plane said that the duration of the moving light was so long that they had asked even another flight crew to join them in the cockpit to discuss the issue with him/her," the statement said.
"After watching video footage of the burning plane, members of the group concluded that the thing which had been seen was the same plane that hit the ground and blew up," the statement said, noting that the Civil Aviation Organization had thought that technical flaw had caused the plane to catch fire as was observed by the crew of Aseman airliner before military officials came to declare the real cause of the incident.
On the recording, which was played on a Ukrainian television station late on Sunday, the pilot of another plane who was flying at the time when the Ukraine International Airways flight 752 was shot down due to human error can be heard saying in Farsi that “is this an active area? There are lights like a missile”.
The Ukrainian airliner was struck by two missiles inadvertently on 8 January shortly after it left Tehran en route to Kiev. Iran admitted it had shot down the Ukrainian plane in error. All 176 passengers on board, including nationals of five foreign states of Canada, Iran, Britain, Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Sweden were killed.
The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said in a statement that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 plane was shot down due to human error at a time of heightened tensions and a threat of war with the US.