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Rouhani: Plane crash error should not happen again
17:10, 15.01.2020

Rouhani also addressed the human error that caused the downing of a Ukrainian passenger aircraft shortly after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport last week.

The jetliner was mistaken for an incoming cruise missile, while a communication breakdown prevented the operator from obtaining the permission required for the launch. It killed all 176 people on board.

“Our people and the world need to be assured that this incident will never be repeated,” the president asserted.

Rouhani said the General Staff of the Armed Forces acted appropriately in announcing the cause of the tragedy, but that the Armed Forces ought to follow it up with rectifying measures.

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