A leaked recording of an exchange in between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot claims to show that Iranian authorities right away knew its missiles had actually downed a Ukrainian plane after launch from Tehran, eliminating all 176 individuals on board, in spite of days of rejections.
Iranian officials knew it shot down a passenger jet and lied about it for days, Ukraine said Sunday, citing a leaked audio recording of an Iranian pilot communicating with air traffic control in Tehran. But, in an unexpected move, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani admitted to the tragedy, calling it an "unforgivable mistake".
The dispute between Tehran and Kyiv closes one of the last useful channels of information about the January 5 disaster that killed all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadian citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada.
About 6.12am, according to a transcript, the pilot for the Iranian airline Aseman alerted the control tower that he had seen something suspicious in the sky.
Hassan Rezaifar, Head of the Air Accidents of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, did not challenge the recording's authenticity.
The Ukrainian President emphasized that this recording proves that Iran new from the very beginning that the plane was shot down.
The audio file was part of the evidence given to Ukrainian experts as part of the joint investigative team's examination of the crash.
"He says that "it seems to me that a missile is flying", he says it in both Persian and English, everything is fixed there", Mr Zelensky said.
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"This action by the Ukrainians led to us not sharing any more evidence with them", he added.
Buzzfeed's Miller reported that because of the interaction between the pilot and the air traffic controller, authorities in Tehran likely knew immediately that an Iranian missile had struck a Ukrainian passenger jet.
A day after the crash, several voices including the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had defended that the civilian plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile system.
Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation also called for abstaining from politicizing the matter. "What's the light like?" the controller asks. The following words originated from the pilot of EP3768, that informs the controller he's preparing to land yet likewise notifications something odd. The pilot says he saw a series of lights, similar to a missile.
The incident occurred just hours after Iran fired on U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for a USA airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
"It's the light of a missile", the pilot replied.
Zelensky likewise stated that Ukraine desires the black boxes of trip PS752 to be examined in Ukraine in spite of the invite from Iran to examine them together with Iranian authorities inTehran The leaked audio recording is most likely to make those settlements much more hard.
The black box of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane will remain in Iran and be analyzed by the Ministry of Road and Urban Development, Farajollah Rajabi said.