Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing Jul 13, 2020 0 1001 12345 AFPTehranIran 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 Organisation (CAO) said in a report late Saturday.This error “initiated a hazard chain” that saw further errors committed in the minutes before the plane was shot down, said the CAO document, presented as a “factual report” and not as the final report on the accident investigation. Flight 752, a Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main airport on January 8, at a time of heightened US-Iranian tensions.The Islamic republic admitted several days later that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound plane, killing all 176 people on board.The CAO said that, despite the erroneous information available to the radar system operator on the aircraft’s trajectory, he could have identified his target as an airliner, but instead there was a “wrong identification”. The report also noted that the first of the two missiles launched at the aircraft was fired by a defence unit operator who had acted “without receiving any response from the Coordination Center” on which he depended.The second missile was fired 30 seconds later, “by observing the continuity of trajectory of the detected target,” the report added. Tehran’s air defences had been on high alert at the time the jet was shot down in case the US retaliated against Iranian strikes hours earlier on American troops stationed in Iraq.Those strikes were carried out in response to the killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Pro-Haftar forces say will maintain Libya oil blockade Jul 13, 2020 0 386 Iran’s Khamenei urges fight against ‘tragic’ virus resurgence Jul 13, 2020 0 432 Palestinian Authority orders nightly, weekend coronavirus curfew Jul 13, 2020 0 388 Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives across Mideast Paris The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people across the Middle East, half of them in Iran, according to an AFP tally at 1000 GMT Sunday based on official tolls. But despite having 907,736 .. Jordan king says virus ‘under control’ AFP Amman Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Sunday that his country had successfully brought the novel coronavirus “under control” and that it was time to focus on restarting the economy. “We have successfully dealt with .. Four civilians killed in Mali unrest: Hospital Bamako Four people, including two teenagers, were killed in violence that raged in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday and through the night, a hospital official said. Clashes have erupted in Bamako as demonstrators .. Egypt cracks down on ‘life-threatening’ kite-flying DPA Cairo Egypt has launched a crackdown to arrest makers and flyers of kites after the pastime reportedly caused accidents among young people and kids. Flying kites has gained more popularity in densely populated urban .. Iranian petrochemical plant rocked by explosion, fire Tehran A petrochemical complex in south-western Iran exploded and erupted into flames on Sunday, the country’s ISNA news agency reported. The blaze occurred at the Shahid Tondgooyan plant in the city of Mahshahr. The ..