Iran ‘Immediately Aware’ It Shot Down Passenger Plane, Leaked Audio Reveals
Yet more proof that the UIA airplane was shot down with a missile
Iran immediately knew it had shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane which killed 176 people last month, according to a leaked audio recording from January 8.
Ukrainian television station on Sunday night made the revelation when an audio recording of a “pilot of another plane can be heard saying he saw ‘the light of a missile’ in the sky before Ukrainian International Airways flight 752 crashed in an explosion,” according to Reuters.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated that the audio proved “that the Iranian side knew from the start that our plane had been hit by a missile.”
Iran, who denied responsibility for the plane crash for three days, blamed Ukraine for the audio file's release, which it reportedly described as “confidential evidence.”
Reuters added Ukraine International Airways said in a statement that the recording provided “yet more proof that the UIA airplane was shot down with a missile, and there were no restrictions or warnings from dispatchers of any risk to flights of civilian aircraft in the vicinity of the airport.”
Neon Nettle reported at the time that Iran had bulldozed the crash site before outside investigators could examine the evidence.
“Virtually all pieces of the plane” were removed before outsiders were allowed on the scene.
“Iran has used bulldozers to clear away debris at the site of Ukrainian airliner crash, potentially destroying evidence as Tehran continues to deny Western allegations that one of its own missiles downed the jet, killing all 176 people on board,” according to The Times of Israel reported.
“Photos from the site show at least one bulldozer clearing away wreckage and Giancarlo Fiorella of Bellingcat, a journalism website that focuses on fact-finding, said the group had verified pictures of other bulldozers at work at the scene, calling it ‘distressing.'”
(Deleted previous tweet to clarify terminology)— Giancarlo Fiorella (@gianfiorella) January 9, 2020
Images of heavy machinery in use at the #PS752 crash site: right (35.561029, 51.104018) and left (35.559296, 51.104630)
Sources: https://t.co/FKfLwnbePQhttps://t.co/n8nUUT75SH pic.twitter.com/rJmGdsYsg8
Fiorella told a British news station:
“It’s distressing; this is a potential crime scene if this was a shoot down you don’t want to disturb the crash site before a thorough investigation has taken place. The presence of heavy machinery, the bulldozing of the wreckage is very distressing.”
Iran also refused to turn over the black box recorder to Boeing.
Iran finally admitted to shooting down the Ukrainian passenger plane with a missile.
“It is unfortunate that the psychological operation of the US government and those supporting it are adding insult to the injury of the bereaved families and victimizing them for certain goals by propagating such fallacies,” Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said.
“No one will assume responsibility for such a big lie once it is known that the claim had been fraudulent.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter:
“A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: 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.”