The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps deliberately left airspace over Iran open for commercial flights, believing that this would reduce the likelihood of a U.S. retaliation. This was reported by Iran International English on Twitter, citing sources.
“The IRGC decided not to close Iran’s airspace as a defensive tactic against any possible retaliatory strike by the United States in response to Iran’s attack on US bases in Iraq,” another tweet said.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the cosmos aerospace forces commander, said on January 11 that he repeatedly requested that the sky over the country be closed in conditions of tension between the United States and Iran. The IRGC claimed responsibility for the crash of a Ukrainian plane on January 8 near Tehran.
The Boeing 737-800 passenger plane of Flight PS752 of Ukraine’s International Airlines crashed on January 8 near Tehran shortly after takeoff. Onboard there were 167 passengers and nine crew members. No one survived.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 9, citing intelligence, said the Iranian air-to-air missile shot down a Boeing 737-800. This was stated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. They suggested that this happened unintentionally. According to American media, there were two missiles. In Iran, at first they called such a version a lie.
On January 11, the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces stated that the UIA plane was shot down by the Iranian military by mistake. The ministry said the disaster occurred shortly after Iran bombarded US military bases in Iraq. The plane, as indicated in the message, approached one of the important objects of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and “resembled an enemy object in form and altitude.”
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that Ukraine expects Iran to fully admit guilt in the disaster, readiness for an open investigation, apologies and compensation.
The black boxes of the downed aircraft will be handed over to France for decryption, Iran said. Later it became known that the transcripts of the recorders will be held in Ukraine with the cooperation of the French Bureau for the Investigation and Analysis of the Safety of Civil Aviation.