Iran blames bad com­mu­ni­ca­tion for downed jet

The News Tribune - - Nation & World -

A misaligned mis­sile bat­tery, mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween troops and their com­man­ders and a de­ci­sion to fire with­out au­tho­riza­tion all led to Iran’s Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard shoot­ing down a Ukrainian jet­liner in Jan­uary, killing all 176 peo­ple on board, a new re­port says.

The re­port re­leased late Satur­day by Iran’s Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion comes months af­ter the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran. Au­thor­i­ties had ini­tially de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity, only changing course days later af­ter West­ern na­tions pre­sented ex­ten­sive ev­i­dence that Iran had shot down the plane.

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