Iran Says Misaligned Radar Caused Ukrainian Plane Downing
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Iran Says Misaligned Radar Caused Ukrainian Plane Downing

ERBIL — Iranian authorities announced on Sunday that a misaligned radar resulted in the tragic downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane earlier this year near Tehran.

“There was a failure due to a human error in the follow-up to the calibration procedure" of the radar system, which induced a "107-degree error" in the said system, no longer allowing it to correctly grasp the trajectory of the objects in its field,” a report by the Iranian authorities said.

The shooting of the Boeing 737 operated by Ukraine International Airlines killed 176 passengers and crew members.

Iran previously said a “human error” was the reason for the catastrophe, and that it was ready to compensate the families of the victims.

The shooting occurred in January, just hours after the Iranian army fired missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US forces.