Iran admits it unintentionally shot down Ukranian plane, killing 176 people

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Iran has admitted “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board.

In a statement, the nation’s armed forces said it targeted the passenger plane unintentionally following radar activity and fear of US action.

The statement was followed by an apology from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences,” Rouhani wrote.

Iran’s military claimed the jet flew close to a site belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and was then mistaken for a hostile aircraft due to human error.

-Noah Harte