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Ukraine airline says plane had no warning of threat before Iran crash


REUTERS?Valentyn Ogirenko


Ukraine International Airlines said on Saturday that its plane that crashed in Iran this week had received no warning from Tehran airport about a possible threat to its safety before it took off en route for Kiev.


At a briefing by its president and vice president, the airline also denied the aircraft veered off its normal course after an Iranian military statement said the plane flew close to a sensitive military site of the elite Revolutionary Guards.


The airline officials bristled at what they said were hints from Iran that the crew had not acted properly.


Iran said earlier that its military mistakenly shot down the plane, saying air defenses were fired in error while on high alert in the tense aftermath of Iranian missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq. All 176 people on board were killed.


11th January 2020

News Source Reuters

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