Iranian military said in a statement that human error was to blame because of what it described as the plane’s sharp, unexpected turn toward a sensitive military base.
Iran had earlier claimed that mechanical issues caused the crash of the aircraft
It repeatedly denied that Iranian military defenses had downed the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, and even invited Boeing to investigate.
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The downing of the aircraft came even as Iran was planning to avenge the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by an American airstrike ordered by President Trump.
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