Ukrainian airline says Iran had an obligation to close the airport

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), to which the plane belonging to Iran shot down "involuntarily and due to human error" in Tehran on the 8th with 176 people on board, said today that Iranian authorities had an obligation to close the airport To avoid this tragedy.

"They (the Iranian authorities) were obliged to close the airport if they were going to fire from somewhere," UIA Vice President Igor Sosnovski told a news conference.

The company's president, Yevgueni Dijne, in turn, stressed that UIA did not postpone flight 752 from Tehran because there was no information from the Iranian authorities about a possible danger.

"The airline had no information about possible threats at the time of its departure from the Borispil (Ukrainian) airport. Nor was there any information at the time of the Tehran airport takeoff," he said.

Therefore, he added, the Ukrainian authorities acted according to the rules, also taking into account that different airlines "from all over the world flew (to Iran) before and after us."

The Ukrainian plane was "in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

Both Dijne and Sosnovski repeatedly denied information from Iran that the Boeing 737 had deviated from the route.

"There was no deviation," the second insisted, while the UIA president recalled that the route was the one established by the airport that coordinates takeoffs and landings.

He also said that the pilot was in contact with the control tower at the time of takeoff, contrary to what was claimed by the Iranian authorities.

Dijne explained that the flight departure delay was due to a "simple situation", as the pilot ordered to unload a certain number of luggage.

He also assured that the airline will disburse all the insurance payments that it had contracted and the compensations that correspond to the company to the families of the 176 victims.

On the plane were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, eleven Ukrainians (two passengers and nine crew), ten Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British.

The device crashed south of Tehran last Wednesday shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport bound for Kiev.

Shortly before the demolition of the Ukrainian plane, Iran had carried out a missile attack against an air base in Iraq that houses US troops, in revenge for the murder days before General Qasem Soleimaní in a selective US bombing.


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