Iran claims misalignment of radar system caused downing of Ukrainian plane
Iranian investigators claimed in a report issued Saturday that the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran was due to a misalignment of an air defense unit's radar system, the Washington Post reports.
Why it matters: Iran initially denied any involvement in the January crash, which killed all 167 passengers and crew members on board. The Iranian government later admitted that its forces mistakenly fired a missile at the plane.
- The aircraft was shot down as tensions between Iran and the U.S. ran high following a drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq just days prior.
The state of play: The report claims that "a failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure” for aligning the radar, per the Post.
- The missile operator allegedly attempted to contact supervisors but received no response.
- The first two missiles were fired 20 seconds later.