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A plane carrying 176 people crashed minutes after takeoff in Iran on January 8, killing everyone on board.
Multiple news outlets on Thursday, citing US intelligence officials, reported that an Iranian surface-to-air missile system had likely shot down the flight by accident.
Iran released a statement late Friday claiming responsibility for downing the plane, citing “human error.” It said that the plane flew close to a sensitive military site and was mistaken for a threat.
Ukraine’s embassy in Tehran appeared to delete an earlier statement that totally dismissed the idea of terrorism or a rocket attack, replacing it with one that says the cause is unknown and being investigated.
The Ukraine International Airlines plane was three years old and had recently been tested.
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A Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed in Iran early Wednesday morning, killing all 176 people on board in what US intelligence sources said Thursday was likely due to an Iranian missile.
Multiple reports published Thursday cited unnamed US officials who said the incident was most likely an accident, since anti-aircraft systems were in place at the time of the crash. The Pentagon did not confirm the reports to Insider.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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