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Iran releases investigation report on the downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane PS752

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On January 8, 2020, the Ukrainian flight PS752 originally planned to fly to Kiev crashed shortly after taking off from Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, Iran. All 167 passengers and 9 crew members on the passenger plane were killed. (Reuters)

Iran said in the final report on PS752 that the relevant air defense unit failed to adjust the system's direction due to "human error"

Iran released the final report on the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane PS752, saying that the accident was caused by radar deviation and the error of a prevention and control operator. The Ukrainian side criticized the report’s conclusion as “selective.” Canada claimed that the Iranian report was “incomplete” and will soon announce the results of its investigation.

On January 8, 2020, the Ukrainian flight PS752 originally planned to fly to Kiev crashed shortly after taking off from Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, Iran. All 167 passengers and 9 crew members on the passenger plane were killed.

The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization stated in a report on Wednesday that, as in a preliminary report issued in June 2020, the error of the passenger aircraft was due to the lack of calibration of the battery’s radar and the lack of air defense operators and commands communication.

Iran said in the final report that the relevant air defense unit failed to adjust the system’s direction due to “human error”, causing the operator to fly westward from the aircraft leaving Tehran Airport, mistakenly thinking that it was approaching Tehran at a low altitude from the southwest.

The report pointed out that the operator identified the target as an enemy target without the approval or response of the command center, and violated the prescribed procedures by launching missiles at the passenger plane.

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs criticized that Iran’s investigation did not follow international practices and ignored the evidence provided by Ukraine. The report’s conclusion was “selective” in order to cover up the real cause of the crash.

The Canadian Foreign Minister and the Minister of Transportation stated in a joint statement on the 17th that Iran’s report “looks incomplete and does not contain any conclusive facts or evidence.”

The Canadian government said it will announce its findings soon. The Transportation Safety Bureau will submit its own review of the Iranian report in the next few days, and the forensic inspection team will release its report in the next few weeks. Among the victims of the plane crash were dozens of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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