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Iran admits inadvertently shooting down Ukrainian jet

Aviation Updates Philippines – On Saturday, a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-8KV(WL), operating flight PS-752 from Tehran, Iran to Kyiv, Ukraine, crashed in a field near Parand, Tehran just minutes after taking off from Iran's Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA). 
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As per reports from international media outlets, the Islamic Republic of Iran accidentally brought down a Boeing 737 jet carrying 167 passengers and 9 crew members—its military admits, according to Iran state-run media.

Human error, on the part of the Iranian military, is now being pointed as the primary reason of the crash. This is a complete reversal of the country's primary statement where it ruled out missile strike as the possible cause of the crash while blaming pilot error and technical failure as more possible reasons.

The country also blamed "US adventurism" since Iran gathered intelligence with regards to the United States' plan to retaliate via aerial strikes on key defense infrastructures in Iran. A report from the New York Times cited Iran military's statement where it said the aircraft “took the flying posture and altitude of an enemy target”.

Prior to the crash, Iran initiated missile strikes at US air bases in Iraq. Tagged as a 'critically planned strike' to minimize American casualties as much as possible, the attacks on the Iraqi bases were part of Iran's retaliation of the death of their top general Qasem Soleimani.

Calling it an 'unforgivable mistake', Iranian president Hassan Rouhani displayed deep remorse following the confirmation of the accident. The president reassured the victims and the next-of-kin of their government's fullest support noting the responsible persons will be apprehended.

Foreign countries have been pressuring Iran as they released vital information and intelligence suggesting Iran's accountability of the crash caused by missile strikes. 

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