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World Iran agency says chain of errors caused Ukrainian plane crash

21:15  12 july  2020
21:15  12 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Iran says equipment error and poor communication caused civilian plane to be shot down by military. Iran has said the misalignment of air defence equipment was responsible for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.

Iran has admitted "unintentionally" shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board. Ukraine International Airlines denies that the plane veered from its expected course before the crash . "Human error at a time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to [this] disaster," he said .

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation blamed a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January that killed 176 people aboard.

a close up of a flower garden: Commemoration ceremony for the people killed in the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was shot down in Iran, in front of the Iranian embassy in Kiev © Reuters/VALENTYN OGIRENKO Commemoration ceremony for the people killed in the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was shot down in Iran, in front of the Iranian embassy in Kiev

Iran's Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with a ground-to-air missile on Jan. 8 shortly after the plane took off from Tehran,in what Tehran later acknowledged as a “disastrous mistake” by forces who were on high alert during a confrontation with the United States.

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The military said that the Ukraine passenger jet had been misidentified as a cruise missile flying In a statement cited by the semiofficial Fars News Agency , the president offered condolences to the Mr. Rouhani told Mr. Zelensky that errors made by the Iranian military led to the plane being shot down

Western leaders say evidence is growing that an Iranian missile downed the plane near Tehran. Iran has again rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down a Ukrainian passenger jet New video appeared to show a plane being hit by a projectile over Tehran. The crash of Ukraine

"A mistake in aligning the radar system had caused human error. An operator had forgotten to re-adjust the direction on the radar system after moving to a new position, an error that contributed to misreading the radar's data," an interim report on the Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO) website said.

The CAO report, which was published on late Saturday, said the missile battery that targeted the passenger plane had been relocated and "was not properly reoriented".

The downing occurred at a time of high tension between longtime foes Iran and the United States. Iran was on alert for attacks after it fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing on Jan. 3 of its most powerful military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. missile strike at Baghdad airport.

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Western intelligence showed that Iran was responsible for the plane crash , suggesting United States intelligence agencies later picked up Iranian communications confirming that the system Ukrainian officials want “to find out the causes of the tragedy,” President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said

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"A failure occurred after the relocation of one of the air defence units of Tehran  ... It occurred because of a human error," the CAO report said, adding that the plane was detected by the system as a target approaching Tehran.

The operator of the air defence system "lacked awareness of the relocation of the air defence unit", and fired the two missiles without authorisation from the command centre, the report said.

“When the first missile was fired, the passenger plane was flying at a normal altitude and trajectory," the report added.

Last month, Iran said the black boxes of the Boeing 737-800 airliner will be sent to France, to be analysed starting July 20.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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