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Iran admits they shot down Ukrainian jetliner unintentionally

Iran admits they shot down Ukrainian jetliner unintentionally

By Violet Matakibau
Saturday 11/01/2020
[Photo:CNN]

Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

The statement blamed 'human error' for shooting down the plane on Tuesday.

The government also offered an apology to families.

The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S forces.

Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft. But then the U.S and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.

According to officials the plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians.

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