General AviationShooting Down of UIA Plane Was Terror Act

Shooting Down of UIA Plane Was Terror Act

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Superior Court of Justice in Ontario, Canada has ruled that the shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) passenger plane near Tehran in January 2020 was an intentional act of terrorism.

The accusers have established that the shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants was an act of terrorism and constitutes ‘terrorist activity, the missile attacks on Flight 752 were intentional and directly caused the deaths of all onboard” Judge Edward Belobaba wrote in his decision issued Thursday,

Iran did not defend itself in court to refute the accuser’s evidence, making this a default judgment. The defendants include Iran, the country’s armed forces, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The court decision is a way for victims’ families in Canada to seek damages from Iran for the death of their loved ones.

As reported, on January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport. There were 176 people on board, nine crew members (all Ukrainians) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK).

On January 11, Iran admitted that its military had accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accepted full responsibility for the downing of the Ukrainian airliner.

On March 17, 2021, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization released the final report on the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020. The report blamed an error by an air defense operator for the accidental downing of the Ukrainian plane. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Iran’s report an attempt to hide true causes of the plane crash.

Mshana Iddi
Iddi Mshana Journalist - With a Bachelor Degree in Tourism, Iddi has a combined appetite of tourism and aviation. His diverse knowledge and experience of more than 6 years adds an exciting depth to his work. Currently, pursing Commercial Pilot Licence with IR & ME at EACAA Soroti Uganda.

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