PV International Desk : A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Saturday he knew a missile had brought down a Ukrainian plane the same day it happened and accepted full responsibility, saying his force had acted in error while on alert for “all-out war”.

Iran had for days denied a missile hit the Boeing 737-800 on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Tehran, sending it crashing to the ground and killing all 176 people aboard.

“I wish I could die and not witness such an accident,” the head of the Guards’ aerospace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, said on state television.

The aircraft came down after Iran had launched missile strikes on US targets in Iraq in retaliation for the killing in a US drone strike in Iraq of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Guards’ Quds Force. Iran had expected US reprisals.