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UIA Flight 752 is the fifth airliner shot down since 1983

Montreal, Canada - UIA Flight 752 became the fifth airliner that has been shot down since 1983. In the past, several incidents occurred by mistaking an airliner for a warplane during high military tensions between countries.

On Jan. 9, the UIA Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board. Iranian officials pointed out a mechanical problem as the cause of the accident at the very beginning.

The incident happened just hours after Iran targeted US military bases in Iraq with ballistic missiles. It raised doubts that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 might have been shot down by Iranian forces accidentally.

Two days ago, Iran admitted that the Boeing 737 jetliner from Ukrainian International Airlines was mistakenly hit by an anti-aircraft missile fired by Iran Revolution Guards.

Passenger planes that have been shot down since 1983

Korean Air Lines Flight 007: On Sept. 1st, 1983, Soviet forces downed a Boeing 747 from Korean Airlines after the plane diverted from its planned route and entered Soviet airspace due to a navigational error. All 269 passengers and crew on board were killed.

The incident heightened tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, which was already tense because of the Cold War.

Iran Air Flight 655: On July 3rd, 1988, the USS Vincennes, a US Navy vessel, targeted an Iran Air Airbus A300 with a guided-missile over the Persian Gulf. All 290 people aboard were killed. The U.S. military said the aircraft was mistaken for a jet fighter.

Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: On Oct. 4, 2001, a Siberia Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M aircraft was fired by Ukrainian forces during military exercise over the Black Sea as it was en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk, Russia. All 78 people aboard were killed.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: On July 17, 2014, A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was downed in Eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed rebels. All 298 people on board were killed. This is the only case in which perpetrators were charged with murder.

And Finally UIA Flight 752

It is believed there have been many other unconfirmed incidents based on the statements of eyewitnesses.

Also read: Flight 752: How easy to target a civil plane as hostile?