A leaked recording of a conversation between an Iranian pilot and a control tower proves that Iran immediately knew it had shot down a passenger plane that crashed near Tehran on January 8. All 176 passenger and crew on Ukrainian airliner flight PS752 were killed.
The regime denied the shoot down for three days and still maintains that it did not know from day one that the plane was shot down.
The recording begins with the air traffic controller telling Ukrainian flight PS752 good morning and to proceed to 6,000 feet before turning right.
The next message comes from the pilot of flight EP3768, who tells the controller he’s preparing to land but also notices something strange.
EP3768 Pilot: “Sir, that region on heading 320. Is that region active?”
Control Tower: “GPS (inaudible).”
Pilot: “There’s a flare on the route, like something from a missile. Should anything like this be happening there?”
Tower: “Zone 320? How many miles away? Where?”
Pilot: “Can’t say for sure. But I think it’s near Payam and Karaj (city near Tehran).”
Tower: “How many miles? Where?
Pilot: “I can now see the light from here.”
Tower: “Nothing has been reported to us.”
Tower: “What does it look like? What does the light look like?”
Pilot: “Well, a flash from a missile.”
Tower: “It’s not flying towards the east is it? No?”
Pilot: “Maybe… no, no. It came from the east. Something like that.”
Tower: “Nothing was reported to us but keep watching.”
Pilot: “(I was cleared) for approach.”
Tower to flight PS752: “Ukraine International 752, do you read?”
The control tower repeatedly tries to contact flight PS752, each time with more urgency in his voice.
Tower to flight EP3768: “Do you still see anything?”
EP3768 Pilot: “Dear engineer, it was an explosion. We saw a great light over there. I really don’t know what it was.”
EP3768 Pilot: “Is everything normal for us?”
Tower: “Yeah, I don’t think the problem involves you.”
EP3768 Pilot: “I hope so. Thanks.”
Iran’s reaction to the recording leaked by Ukrainian media was unapologetic.
“The technical investigation team of the Ukrainian airline crash, in a strange move, published the secret audio file,” Hassan Rezaifar, the chief investigator Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said today in comments carried by the Mehr state-run News Agency.
“This file was among the materials provided to a group of experts who are investigating the disaster. [Its publication] by the Ukrainian side suggests that we will not transfer any materials to them anymore.”