Aerospace force of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) was not aware of the fact that the flight Boeing 737-800 “Ukraine International airlines” from Tehran airport on the morning of 8 January was delayed for an hour. Details missile strike on airliner results on Twitter, a military analyst with the Malta Babak of Tagua, citing an unnamed source.
In the words of his interlocutor, anti-aircraft missile system (ADMS) “tor-M1”, the operator decided to shoot down the plane, was not connected to C4I, automation and intelligence, which he did not have actual data on departures at Tehran airport.
The Ukrainian departure of the liner from the Iranian capital was indeed delayed for almost an hour, from the data of online tracker Flightradar24. According to the schedule, January 8, as in other days, the flight was supposed to leave at 05:15 local time (04:45 GMT), but instead actually departed at 06:12.
The revolutionary guards of Iran on 11 January took responsibility for the loss of the aircraft, “International airlines of Ukraine”, saying that the attack on him was caused unintentionally. According to the commander of aerospace forces of the corps of General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, system, SAM identified the airliner as an enemy object, but the operator of the complex was not able to report to the command due to interference in communication and in the end decided to attack the target. The Iranian government apologized to Kiev and promised to pay compensation, to investigate and to bring those involved to criminal liability; according to some, already arrested the first suspects.
The disaster has killed 176 people, most of them were citizens of Canada and Iran. After Tehran declared its responsibility for the incident, the country began mass protests with calls for regime change.
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