OTTAWA -- The president of Iran says a military investigation has concluded that missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of a Ukrainian plane and the deaths of 176 innocent people.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake," Hassan Rouhani said late Friday in a post on Twitter.
"Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.".
The crash Wednesday claimed the lives of 176 people, including 138 who the federal government says were bound for Canada.
Global Affairs Canada officials in Ottawa were not immediately available for comment on the Iran state TV report.
The Tehran-Kyiv route has been an inexpensive first leg of a trip from Iran to Canada.
Iran has invited Ukraine, Canada, France and Boeing, which built the jetliner, to participate in the investigation into the cause of the crash. »