Published: Thu, February 06, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Recording shows Iran knew immediately it had shot down plane

Recording shows Iran knew immediately it had shot down plane

On Monday, Iranian authorities acknowledged the recording was legitimate.

Iran's government maintained for days after the incident that it did not know that its paramilitary Revolutionary Gaurd had shot down the aircraft, however, the recording proves this is false. He also insisted that, despite prompting the Ukrainians not to take "conspiracy theories" into account immediately after the plane crashed, Kiev never believed Iran's claims that the plane fell accidentally. The crash of the Boeing 737 killed all 176 people on board, a lot of them Iranians and Iranian-Canadians who were flying to Kyiv en route to Canada, where many had been studying.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky validated the recording's credibility throughout the TSN program.

The Ukrainian president likewise duplicated his needs to decipher the plane's flight recorders in Kyiv - something Iranian authorities had actually guaranteed last month however later on backtracked on.

On the tape, an Iranian air traffic controller can be heard talking to a pilot on an arriving Iranian plane, who appears to be the first to warn of trouble.

The Mehr news agency reported that Rezaeifar said the release made Iran not want to give the Ukrainians any more evidence.

He says "I think that's a missile flying". "This action by the Ukrainians meant that we no longer shared evidence with them".

They admitted they knew a missile had taken out the plane but attributed the delay in making a public admission to the need to properly investigate the crash to rule out other causes, such as whether foreign hacking may have been involved.

In an audio clip published by a Ukrainian YouTube channel, the Aseman Airlines pilot says he is seeing lights in the sky ahead.

The conversation revolved around the captain of the Aseman reporting to the control tower about something he spotted that he suspected to be a missile.

The reply: "That surely is the light from a missile". The aircraft was downed just hours after Iran had launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at USA forces in Iraq in retaliation for a United States drone strike that killed Iranian Maj.

The black box of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane will remain in Iran and be analyzed by the Ministry of Road and Urban Development, Farajollah Rajabi said.

Thus Zelensky said Ukraine still was waiting for Iran to hand over the plane's black boxes. "We saw a very big light there, I don't really know what it was", the pilot reacts.

The number of flights to Iran's Imam Khomeini Airport has dropped by some 30 percent, following the recent Ukrainian plane crash, said the managing director of Imam Khomeini Airport City Mehdi Karbalae, Trend reports via IRNA.

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