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General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran

Iran’s military says it thought the Ukrainian passenger plane it shot down was an enemy missile

The passenger plane bound for Kyiv, Ukraine, was taken down by an Iranian missile shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday.
Search and rescue works are conducted at site after a Boeing 737 plane belonging to a Ukrainian airline crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Iran just after takeoff with 180 passengers on board in Tehran, Iran on January 08, 2020.

Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 752, blaming human error

In a statement early Saturday morning, Iran said that its military accidentally shot down the plane, killing 176 people.

Iran is using bulldozers at the Ukrainian plane crash site, which could make it impossible to prove what happened

Experts fear that moving pieces of debris could effectively destroy evidence. Iran has also been reluctant to share the plane's flight recorders.

Iran’s president tweeted about an Iranian plane the US shot down in 1988 2 days before a Ukrainian plane was downed in Tehran

Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down by a US warship, the USS Vincennes, in 1988. All 290 passengers were killed.