New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Pointing at the “misalignment of radar”, Iranian investigators have blamed an air defence unit's radar system and miscommunication between soldiers and their commanders that led to the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian Jet airliner in January which killed 176 people.

Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation released the report months after the crash happened on Saturday. The report which was presented as a factual report and not a final report on the accident investigation that issued a clarification on the matter, stated, “A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure" for aligning the radar, causing a "107-degree error" in the system.”

The CAO document further read, “This error "initiated a hazard chain" that saw further errors committed in the minutes before the plane was shot down.”

However, it was several days later that the Islamic Republic admitted that Iranian forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound plane, which led to the killing of all 176 people on board.

The CAO document also said that, although erroneous information was available to the radar system operator on the aircraft's trajectory, he could have identified his target as an airliner, but instead there was a "wrong identification".

In the report, It is also noted that the first of the two missiles that were launched at the aircraft was fired by a defence unit operator who had acted "without receiving any response from the Coordination Center" on which he depended whereas the second missile was fired 30 seconds later after it observed the continuity of trajectory of the detected target.

On January 8, A Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, named Flight 752, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran's main airport on the same night when Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting US soldiers in Iraq.

Those strikes were launched by the Islamic Republic in response to the American drone strike that earlier killed Guard General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. 

(With Inputs from Agency)

Posted By: Simran Babbar