Iran Admits It Unintentionally Shot Down Ukrainian Passenger Jet

By Jesse Sokolow on 10 January 2020
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In a stunning reversal, Iran said early Saturday that it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet earlier in the week.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was bound from Tehran to Kiev early Wednesday morning when Iran fired surface-to-air missiles at the aircraft.  All 176 passengers and crew members perished in the crash.

The Iranian government blamed the incident on human error after originally blaming the crash on a “technical” problem shortly after takeoff.

The plane, Iranian military officials said, “took the flying posture and altitude of an enemy target“ as it approached an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps base. It said that “under these circumstances, because of human error,” the plane “came under fire.”

The incident is reminiscent of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988 by a surface-to-air missile fired from a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser.  The crew of the Navy cruiser had incorrectly identified the Airbus A300 as an attacking F-14 Tomcat jet fighter.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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