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Monday 10 August 2020

Iran Wants European Insurers Pay for Downed Ukrainian Plane

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DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran will not compensate Ukraine International Airlines for its plane Tehran accidentally downed in January because the passenger jet was insured by European firms, the head of Iran’s Central Insurance Organisation said on Monday.

“The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine and not by Iranian (insurance) companies”, said Gholamreza Soleimani, according to the Young Journalists Club news website affiliated with state TV. “Therefore, compensation should be paid by those European companies”. Soleimani’s comments concerned the aircraft and did not address potential compensation for victims’ families. There was no immediate comment from European aviation insurers.

The Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with a ground-to-air missile on January 8 just after the plane took off from Tehran, in what Tehran later acknowledged as a “disastrous mistake” by forces who were on high alert during a confrontation with the United States.

In a July report, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation blamed a chain of mistakes — such as a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders — for the plane crash that killed 176 aboard, including 57 Canadians. The downing occurred at a time of high tension between long-time foes Iran and the United States.

View online : Iranian Delegation in Kiev to Discuss Compensation for Downed Jet

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