Iran Admits Shooting Down Ukrainian Plane Unintentionally

Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

Iran is taking the blame for a Ukrainian plane crash on Wednesday that killed all 176 people on board when the jet went down minutes after taking off from Tehran. The crash occurred not long after Iran launched roughly a dozen missiles targeting U.S. forces in Iraq. The New York Times reports a statement from the country's military says the passenger jet was accidentally shot down because of human error.

The Iranian military's statement said the plane “took the flying posture and altitude of an enemy target” as it came close to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base.It said that “under these circumstances, because of human error,” the plane “came under fire.”

Earlier Friday, Iranian officials strongly denied that the Ukrainian International Airlines jetliner that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport had been shot down by a missile fired by Iran forces by mistake.

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