'Human error': Iran admits that it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukraine jetliner killing all 176 onboard
Tehran | Jagran News Desk: Days after the crash of the Ukraine air plane that killed all 176 onboard, Iran on Saturday admitted that it "unintentionally" shot down the jetliner because of "human error".
The sensational revelation came two days after some US officials said that the Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defences.
On Thursday, some US officials -- quoted by Reuters -- had said that US satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion.
US President Donald Trump had also said the crash could have been a 'mistake', adding he had a terrible feeling about the downed airliner but offering no evidence.
"I have my suspicions. It was flying in a pretty rough neighbourhood and somebody could have made a mistake," Trump had said earlier.
"Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don't think that's even a question," Trumps had said while adding that he had suspicions about the crash but giving no other details.
The Ukrainian airplane went down on the outkirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles and rockets at US forces in Iraq.
The Iranian authorities had earlier said that the jet had turned back after suffering a problem. "The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash," the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation had said on its website on Wednesday.
The plane was en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and it 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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