It’s simply not possible that Iran even accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner that crashed with more than 60 Canadians on board, Tehran’s ambassador for international air travel said Thursday.
Suggestions that a surface-to-air missile — intentionally or not — hit the aircraft shortly after it took off early Wednesday are likely motivated by politics — not hard evidence, Farhad Parvaresh told the National Post.
Parvaresh is Iran’s permanent representative to the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency.
“If you talk to experts, this cannot be right. Totally it is wrong, 100 per cent,” he said of the missile theory. “This is something purely technical. It was a disaster, it was a great tragedy.… What is going around is because of some political issues, the tension between Iran and the U.S.”