Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

12 July 2020 - 11:59 By AFP
A failure occurred due to human error.
A failure occurred due to human error.
Image: 123RF/Vladyslav Danilin

Iran said that the misalignment of an air defence unit's radar system was the key "human error" that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.

"A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure" for aligning the radar, causing a "107-degree error" in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation authority said in a report late Saturday. 

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