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Breaking News: Iran admits it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian plane that killed 176 onboard

Iran has admitted that its military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian passenger jetliner, killing all 176 people onboard outside Theran according to Iranian state TV.

The statement came as “human error” blamed for the downing of the plane. Iran government offering its apologies to the victims’ families including those of foreign nationals.

A military statement carried by state media said the plane was mistaken for a hostile target after it turned toward a sensitive military centre of the Revolutionary Guard. 

“The military was at its highest level of readiness,” it said in a statement. “In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit."

It apologised for the accident and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such mistakes in the future.

The Ukranian airliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down just outside of Tehran during takeoff a few hours after Iran launched missiles at US forces in Iraq.


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