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More than just the statements

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Published on March 25, 2021 with No Comments

Iran’s civil aviation body released a final report last week that blames “human error” for shots fired at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 after takeoff from Tehran on Jan. 8 last year, that led to the death of 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents and dozens of others with ties to Canada.

The Canadian government has rejected the report, describing it as “incomplete” and devoid of “hard facts or evidence” on the factors. 

All 176 people on board the jetliner were killed. The Tehran-Kyiv route has been an inexpensive first leg of a trip from Iran to Canada. Iran initially denied responsibility for the crash, but three days later said the Kyiv-bound Boeing 737-800 was shot down by accident after being mistaken for a missile amid heightened tensions with the United States. The admission came after video footage on social media appeared to show at least one missile striking the jet. Britain, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Sweden also lost citizens when the plane was destroyed, and the countries formed a coalition with Canada to deal with Iran.

The report mentions that Iran’s Revolutionary Guardfired two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after it took off from Tehran when “the aircraft was misidentified as a hostile target by an air defence unit,” says the agency’s final report into the crash, which was posted to the website of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization. Canada is not happy with the findings of the reports as it believes that the report fails to explain why Iran kept most of its airspace open to commercial traffic despite having just launched a missile strike against a pair of U.S. military facilities across the border in Iraq. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has dismissed the 145-page document as “The report has really avoided addressing the substance and the real reasons behind shooting down the plane,” Alghabra said.  Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said, “It appears incomplete and has no hard facts or evidence.”  The points made  by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau should hit the Iran investigators hard.

Iran airspace controllers failed to alert this own defence missile operators about the identities of those innocent aircraft that were taking off.  Such a severe errors only shows Iran’s disregard for human life.

Those who have lost their near and dear ones in the attack on the plane would like to see the Canadian authorities take a stronger stance, and they would like to see actions instead of just words. At the same time, Canada needs to seek clear information from Iran and a failure to answer Canada’s questions and that it has consistently called for Iran to conduct a proper investigation in line with international standards.


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