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Iran says it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian jetliner

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Iran announced Saturday that its military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. (apnews.com) More...

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ghstark
Greg S 5
Of course it was unintentional. We may be adversaries but I can't believe Iran would intentionally shoot down an airliner over Tehran that just took off from their own international airport.
cleardestination
We made the same mistake in 1988 , Iran Air flight 655 .
Check it out on line , Wikipedia has the most info . 290 dead .
Sorry to say , but shit happens .
samied4
Sam Culpepper -1
It was a setup by the Iranians the transponder code was set wrong.
nasdisco
Chris B 3
Going to put this link here. Its a Report from the BBC containing disturbing images of the downed aircraft before authorities cleansed the site.


https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-51077352/iran-plane-crash-missile-struck-underneath-cockpit-ukraine
dyne2meter
Daniel Stein 5
This reminds of the way Ronald Reagan told everyone, "Mistakes were made."

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gcottay
George Cottay 15
Please keep your political opinions to yourself.
RECOR10
RECOR10 -3
(edit: "should" as opposed to "would"

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Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 7
Better yet, why not ask the Canadian families who lost their loved ones as a result of this nutbars’ shortsightedness. BTW, all caps And a foul mouth? Always wondered about people who prefer killing to dialogue, I guess we wonder no more! Thanks for confirming.
rapidwolve
rapidwolve 3
WOW. So the only families that mattered were the American families?? DID IT EVER OCCUR TO YOU that a clandestine operation might have led to a much better solution?? 1 WHERE A WHOLE DANG AIRLINER DID NOT GET TAKEN OUT, EVEN BY "ACCIDENT"??
ghstark
Greg S 4
Amazing, you're blaming Trump for the Iranians shooting down an airliner! How can you or anyone else be so stupid.
rapidwolve
rapidwolve 2
If you will look, instead of insulting people, I was replying to Robert's reply, if you want to get all huffy about it.
BTW, there is NOTHING stupid about clandestine operations. They happen all the time. The poor General could have had a heart attack, become violently ill and passed, or numerous other things, instead of chest thumping "look what we did" at a government you know is unstable. Would the airliner, then, have been accidentaly shot down, killing some friends, or missiles released against a base in Iraq, where Canadian service men were also located?? Please think before calling people stupid!
joelwiley
joel wiley 4
3 days to acknowledge responsibility. Remarkably candid for a country seems to me.
War zones aren't the most healthy of places.
ghstark
Greg S 2
Well, they did wait until someone published a video of the missile intercept. In those three days you can bet they were trying to find some plausible way to deny it was them, so don't give them too much credit. But yes, the Iranians are certainly more honest than the Russians.
bbabis
Bill Babis 1
If because of or partly by this tragedy a regime change happens in Iran that makes the Middle East a better place, then the loss would not be in vain.
f4fntm
john doe 2
"Be careful what you wish for."
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
Something to be hoped for, but regime change could go in the other direction as well.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
I'm feeling desperately uninformed. How can one unintentionally shoot down an airliner?
steerts
Actually, the Iranians shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane unintentionally twice.
samied4
yes they intentionally shot at the plane 2 times.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
I believe Ron Streetenberg's comment is mocking the "unintentional" claim.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
II never imagined there was anything about this story that would make me laugh. I was wrong.
adamzel
Adam zeliger 0
Unintentionally act is one person that mistakenly do something wrong. anti aircraft missile launch are a team work that involved many people, including the highest officers of the air force.
ghstark
Greg S 1
The entire chain of command could've made a mistake, it's not that hard to believe since it's happened before. If it was intentional, that fact may emerge someday.
CarlSmeraldi
Carl Smeraldi -5
Keep dreaming baby , can you believe these terrorists killers ........they knew exactly what they were doing . Don’t believe the hype chuck PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBA ONE RAP GROUP NYC YEAR 1988. .
picturetaker
Even though the media was saying it was engine failure without even having someone analyze the black boxes.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
The engines did 'fail' just like any death can be attributed to "heart failure'

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