On July 3, 1988, an Airbus A-300 belonging to Iran Air, flying from Bandar Abbas in Iran to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, was shot down in Iran’s territorial waters.
A couple of weeks ago, Iran, the Middle-Eastern country, said its armed forces had “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran. The Boeing 737 crashed killing all 176 passengers and crew on board, shortly after Iran launched missiles at American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad.
While Iran earlier denied of any wrongdoings, they later admitted that a missile fired from inside the Iranian territory was responsible for the crash. But it’s not just Iran who has shot down a plane (admittedly by mistake) amidst political tensions.