Iran has officially announced the cause of the passenger plane crashing in Ukraine, causing nearly 180 deaths.
According to IRNA news agency, the initial investigation results of Iran said that the incident stemmed from the cause of the flames rising in the engine compartment, causing the aircraft to lose control and quickly crashed to the ground.
The accident happened early in the morning on January 8 after taking off at Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport. The accident killed all 167 passengers and 9 crew members.
|The scene of a Ukrainian plane crashing|
Shortly before Iran announced the cause, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the public not to speculate and make unconfirmed assumptions about the accident. The Ukrainian president also shortened his holiday in Oman and flew back to Ukraine after the tragedy struck.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said there were 167 passengers and nine crew on board, but it was unclear exactly how many people boarded the plane.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Embassy in Iran ruled out the plane being terrorized, and said 168 people had purchased the flight.
According to Ukraine’s Civil Aviation Authority, the plane crashed without giving an emergency signal before it crashed, while Iranian media confirmed there were 32 foreigners aboard.
A spokesman for the Iranian civil aviation agency, Reza Jafarzadeh, said a team of investigators was at the scene of the accident on the southwestern outskirts of the capital, Tehran.
After taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, the plane crashed in the area between Parand and Shahriar.
US cruisers mistakenly shot Iranian aircraft
On July 3, 1988, the American cruiser USS Vincennes, equipped with the Aegis combat system, shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing all 290 people aboard.
Flight Iran Flight 655 took off from Iran’s Bandar Abbas International Airport at 10:47. The Airbus A300 is piloted by Captain Mohsen Rezaian, an experienced pilot with more than 7,000 cumulative flight hours. The flight departs 27 minutes later than planned, and is expected to take the 28-minute journey from Bandar Abbas to Dubai.
After taking off, Bandar Abbas air traffic control station required the pilot to turn on the transponder and set the flight path for the aircraft operating on a 32 km wide commercial route at a height of 4,300 m through the Strait of Hormuz. , before descending and landing in Dubai.
The crew turned on the identification code of the civil aircraft and continually maintained communication in English with regional air traffic control stations.
The radar on USS Vincennes immediately detected and followed the A300 after it took off. For the next few minutes, the US ship could not identify the strange aircraft, before the operational officers concluded it was an Iranian Air Force F-14A fighter.
After repeated unsuccessful phone alerts, USS Vincennes fired two SM-2MR air defense missiles at 10:54. A bullet hit the plane and smashed it into the air.
Clip of Ukrainian plane caught fire and crashed to the ground