The video allegedly showing the moment of a sufrace-to-air missile launch during the January 8 incident with the Boeing crash in Iran has appeared online. The video supposedly shows a separate launch of the missile at the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Flight PS752) near Tehran. The plane crashed minutes after taking off from the Imam Khomeini airport.
On January 11, the Iranian General Staff said that the plane was shot down due to a “human error” . The full statement:
“Hours after Iran’s missile strike, the warplanes belonging to the terrorist American forces increased flights in the airspace surrounding Iran with reports keeping to come about some flying targets which were moving towards Iran’s defense targets. Also, numerous cases were observed on radar screens which demanded further alertness on the part of the Iranian airforce defense units.
In such a sensitive and critical situation, flight 752 of Ukraine Airlines which had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, moved very close to a sensitive military spot belonging to the IRGC forces when completing a loop. The altitude and the direction of the flight’s movement were like an enemy target, so the aircraft was targeted unintentionally due to human error which unfortunately caused the martyrdom of a number of Iranian national together with a number of foreigners.
The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces hereby extends its condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of the incident as well as those foreign nationals aboard the flight. It also offers its apology for the human error which caused the crash.
The related officials in the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) will elaborate on the details in media.”
Photos of the Boeing cabin with holes from the strike: