Iran thought the Ukrainian passenger plane it shot down was a US military plane

The crash site of the Ukrainain plane accident

The Iranian military said it mistook the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 as a “hostile target,” saying in a statement that there were reports of US military planes in the area.

The passenger plane bound for Kyiv, Ukraine, was downed by an Iranian missile shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday. The crash killed all 176 passengers on board.

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