Tehran, Jan 11: Iranian military said on Saturday that it "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, because of human error, Iran's state TV reported.
According to a military statement, the plane was mistaken for a "hostile target" after it turned toward a "sensitive military centre" of the Revolutionary Guard. The military was at its "highest level of readiness," amid heightened tensions with the United States.
"In such a condition, because of human error and in an unintentional way, the flight was hit," the statement. It apologised for the disaster and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such "mistakes" in the future, the statement added.
"Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster. Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations",Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
The plane was shot down on Wednesday, hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Gen Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad. (UNI)