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Protests Erupt After Iran Admits Guilt - Page 2

And Ukraine is demanding a full apology over downed passenger plane that killed 176 people
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2020 3:00 PM CST

  • 'I wish I had died': Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps airspace unit, took full responsibility. He said the plane was mistaken for a cruise missile and shot down. "I wish I had died" instead of seeing crash, he said, per Newsweek.
  • 'Human error': While Khamenei expressed "deep sympathy" for families of the dead, CNN reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: "Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster."
  • 'A mistake': But Iran has backed down from its contention, per Reuters, that the plane had flown too close to a sensitive military base. "The plane was flying in its normal direction without any error and everybody was doing their job correctly," said Hajizadeh. "If there was a mistake, it was made by one of our members."
  • Investigation: An international group has been created with representatives from Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, the UK, and Afghanistan to investigate the crash, per the CBC. USA Today reports that Ukrainian and Iranian officials have begun analyzing the plane's black boxes.
  • Damning quote: "If this had been a domestic airline, we would have never discovered the truth," said an Iranian protester, per the Wall Street Journal. "International pressure made them come out and admit it."
(Read more Iran stories.)

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