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Bodies of 11 Ukrainians killed in Iran plane crash sent home

An honor guard carries a coffin of the one of the 11 Ukrainians who were among victims when their plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.
An honor guard carries a coffin of the one of the 11 Ukrainians who were among victims when their plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office)

The bodies of the 11 Ukrainians who died when an Iranian missile shot down a passenger plane arrived in Ukraine Sunday for a farewell ceremony.

They were among the 176 people killed in the Jan. 8 catastrophe, when a Ukrainian Airlines plane heading to Kyiv was brought down shortly after takeoff from Tehran. Iran acknowledged three days later that the plane was mistakenly hit by an anti-aircraft missile.

On Sunday, the bodies were brought to Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport aboard a Ukrainian air force plane. An honor guard solemnly carried the coffins into the airport terminal, where a farewell observance was to last until the evening.


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