Iran Admits to “Unintentionally” Shooting Down Ukranian Plane


After pressure from Canada, the United Kingdom and United States, a full investigation was launched into the crash of a Ukrainian airplane. On January 11th Iran admitted that they accidentally shot down the plane when it seemed to be turning towards a “sensitive” Iranian site. They cite human error as the reason. Iran had previously rejected any claims that it was to blame for the crash, citing mechanical error on the part of the plane as the causative factor. President Hassan Rouhani described it as an “unforgivable mistake.” It is unclear how this announcement will affect ties between Canada and Iran.

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