Karachi: Iran’s cabinet has allocated $150,000 for the families of 176 passengers who died in a Ukrainian plane crash in January this year.
according to Reuters news agency, “Iran’s cabinet allocated $150,000 for the families of each of the 176 victims of a Ukrainian plane downed in Iranian airspace in January”.
The official IRNA news agency reported, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards resented for accidentally shooting the Ukraine International Airlines plane that resulted in the crash.
The incident took place as the guards mistook the plane for a missile amid the tensions between the US.
Earlier, the US killed Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Revolutionary Guards commander, with a drone strike. Five days later the Ukrainian plane was crashed in Iran.
According to reports, the majority of those killed in the plane crash were Canadians or permanent residents.
The Ukrainian prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, confirmed the death of 176 people who were on board, including 167 passengers and nine crew members.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reported in a tweet on Twitter, “An internal investigation by the armed forces concluded that, unfortunately, missiles fire was a human error that caused the Ukrainian plane to crash and 176 innocent people were killed.”
On January 9, Iran said in a preliminary investigation report on the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed, not a single radio call was made for help after a fire broke out in the passenger plane during the journey, while the plane tried to return to the airport.