COMMENTARY: Tragic crash of Ukraine airliner reveals the perils of Persian Gulf airspace

When a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 from Tehran to Kyiv crashed soon after takeoff early Wednesday, the world was reminded once again of how complicated and dangerous the airspace near and above the Persian Gulf can be.

The Five Eyes group of western intelligence countries to which Canada belongs declared Thursday that their preliminary finding is that the jetliner was shot down due to a mistake made by an Iranian missile battery crew.

The tragedy will have resonated with those RCAF pilots tasked with extracting to neighbouring Kuwait some of the 250 Canadian military trainers and troops from other western nations, who were part of the same mission and other missions in Iraq.

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