Iran Military Commander Wishes He'd Been on Crashed Plane


After Iran admitted Saturday it accidentally shot down that Ukrainian passenger plane last week, killing all 176 passengers on board, a the top commander of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard said Sunday he wished he was on the plane, so he could avoid the shame of making the deadly blunder.

General Hossein Salami said in an emotional speech to Iran's parliament, "I swear to almighty God that I wished I was on that plane and had crashed with them and burned but had not witnessed this tragic incident. I have never been this embarrassed in my entire life. Never."

After initially claiming the plane crashed due to mechanical problems, Iran admitted it shot rockets that hit jet. The admission prompted protests across the country, with some calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to resign. (New York Post)