Ukraine says too early to blame human error for downing of passenger plane in Iran

KYIV: Ukraine's foreign minister said on Tuesday (Jul 14) it was soon to blame human error for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger airliner near Tehran in January, challenging the findings of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO).

The CAO said in an interim report that the plane was accidentally downed, killing 176 people on board, because of a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders.

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But Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told an online briefing that many questions remained unanswered.

"I want to clearly emphasise: it is early to say that the plane was shot down as a result of human error, as the Iranian side claims," he said. "We have many questions, and we need a large number of authoritative, unbiased, objective answers about what happened."

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. Iran later called it a "disastrous mistake" by forces who were on high alert during a confrontation with the UnRead More – Source