Iran says Ukraine aircraft shot down due to human error
Jan. 11, 2020
A Ukrainian aircraft which crashed earlier this week in Iran had flown close to a sensitive military site belonging to the elite Revolutionary Guards, and was shot down unintentionally due to human error, the Iranian military has said in a statement read on state TV.
The responsible parties would be referred to a judicial department within the military and held accountable, the statement said.
The military said the plane had been mistaken for a hostile jet.
All 176 people on board were killed in the crash.
The Iranian military statement expressed condolences to the families of the victims.
The United States and Canada had said that the plane was shot down, a claim Iran had initially denied.
The country's foreign minister Javid Zarif said it was "human error at a time of crisis cuased by US adventurism".
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