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Ukraine Plane Shot Down Because of Human Error, Iran Says: Live Updates – The New York Times, The New York Times


The military said the passenger jet had been misidentified as a cruise missile flying over Tehran.

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Thousands pour into the streets in Tehran to blast the government actions.

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************** (Ukraine International Airlines Flight) **************************************************************************************** left Tehran’s international airport at 6: 15 am and lost contact two minutes later, according to a flight tracker.
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************** Iran blames ‘disastrous mistake’ for the downing of Flight

After maintaining for days that there was no evidence that one of its missiles had struck a Boeing – minutes after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday with PE ople on board, Iran admitted early on Saturday that its military had

In a post on Twitter,Iranian foreign minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, apologized but appeared to also blame American “adventurism” for the tragedy , writing: “Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.”

President Hassan Rouhanisaid on Twitterthat Iran “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.”

In a statementcited by the semiofficial Fars News Agency, the president offered condolences to the victims’ families and said that “the terrible catastrophe should be thoroughly investigated ”and those responsible would be prosecuted.

But facing the possibility of American military strikes on Iran on Wednesday, Mr. Rouhani added, the armed forces made a “human mistake.”

“This painful incident is not something we can easily overcome,” he added, saying that was imperative to correct shortcomings in the country defense mechanisms.

Fury in the streets as thousands gather in Tehran.

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**********************Thousands of protesters gathered Saturday in Iran, furious at their Government admission that it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing (people.)Credit

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Arash Khamooshi for The New York Times

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