The State Revenue Service of Iran denied the version about possible missile attack on Ukrainian Boeing 737 of Ukrainian International Airlines. This was announced by the organization’s head Ali Abedzadeh.
“As the pilots of the Ukrainian plane tried to return to the airport, we gave up the version about a missile attack on an aircraft,” he quoted the media on Thursday, 9 January.
Earlier, USNewsToday reported that the Boeing 737-800 was shot down by a missile allegedly fired from the Tor anti-aircraft missile system (SAM).
The Boeing 737 crashed on January 8, two minutes after departing from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran. The victims of the crash were 176 people: 167 passengers and nine crew members.
In this regard, Zelenski also declared Thursday, January 9, the day of mourning in the country in connection with the tragedy. State flags were lowered on the buildings of state authorities, local governments and state enterprises. In addition, entertainment and concert events have been cancelled in the country.
Iran plans to investigate the tragedy independently. The head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Ali Abedzadeh stated that “black boxes” of the plane will not be handed over to the USA or Boeing.
For their part, Ukrainian experts arrived in Tehran to study the circumstances of the crash.