Iran Confirms It Unintentionally Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner

from The Wall Street Journal,

Tehran gives Ukrainian investigators access to plane’s recorders; any U.S. role in probe remains uncertain

Iran on Saturday said an Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside of an airport in Tehran, killing all 176 people on board, was shot down unintentionally by its armed forces, according to a statement by its armed forces on state television.

The plane approached a sensitive military base operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. and was downed due to “human error,” Iran’s general staff of the armed forces said in a statement on state television. On Friday, Tehran gave Ukrainian investigators access to the so-called black-box data and cockpit voice recorders from the Ukraine International Airlines airliner that crashed Wednesday, and Iranian investigators said they would be willing to hand them over to other countries as well for analysis.

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