The Iranian authorities on Monday ruled out compensation for the victims of Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing aircraft shortly after it took off from Tehran on January 8, as the aircraft was “insured against Ukraine and Europe”.
In a press conference, the head of the Iranian Supreme Insurance Council, Gholamreza Soleimani, said that “a related payment” must be made by the companies that covered the aircraft, “according to the IRNA news agency.
With this in mind, he made it clear that the crashed plane “had insurance from Ukrainian and European companies and are therefore the ones who will have to pay for the damage”. Furthermore, he has insisted that Iranian insurers “have nothing to do with the accident”.
The Boeing 737 was shot down near Tehran shortly after Flight PS752 took off from Tehran to Kiev, killing 176 people. At first, the Iranian authorities said it was a technical problem, but days later they admitted that it was “mistakenly” shot down by a series of missiles launched by the Revolutionary Guard due to a communication problem with a military unit.