Debris of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 aircraft that crashed after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday
Debris of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 aircraft that crashed after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday

IRGC commander says he takes full responsibility for Ukrainian airliner crash

ANI | Updated: Jan 11, 2020 18:03 IST

Tehran [Iran], Jan 11 (ANI): A senior commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Saturday he takes full responsibility for the Ukrainian airliner crash near Tehran that claimed the lives of all 176 people aboard.
"I take full responsibility and I will obey whatever decision is taken," Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, as cited by Al Jazeera.
"I would prefer to die rather than witness such an incident," he added.
After initially denying reports that it had caused the crash of a Ukrainian airliner, Iran today admitted that it "unintentionally" shot down the plane.
Hajizadeh said that the plane was mistaken for a cruise missile, and was brought down using a short-range Iranian missile. (ANI)

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