Iran has admitted to shooting down a Boeing 737-800 <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/irans-supreme-leader-orders-to-investigate-into-downing-of-ukrainian-jetliner\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ukrainian jet<\/a> with two missiles fired from an Iranian air defense system by mistake on Wednesday morning, killing at least 176 people on board.\r\n\r\nA number of <a href="https:\/\/edition.cnn.com\/2020\/01\/10\/middleeast\/iran-plane-crash-intl-hnk\/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2020-01-11T04%3A36%3A18&utm_source=twCNN" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">passenger jets<\/a> that were shot down, whether accidentally or, in some cases, deliberately during the last forty years. Here are details.\r\n\r\n<strong>July 17, 2014<\/strong>\r\n\r\nMalaysian Boeing 777 jet was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was blown out of the sky\u00a0over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people. In June, an international investigative team\u00a0charged four people,\u00a0including three with ties to Russian intelligence.\r\n\r\nMoscow has consistently denied any involvement in the disaster, but Western countries and experts have blamed Russian-backed separatists.\r\n\r\n<strong>March 23, 2007<\/strong>\r\n\r\nA Soviet-made Ilyushin airliner belonging to the Belarusian Airlines was shot down by a missile shortly after takeoff over Somali, which was witnessing a civil war, killing 11 people on board.\r\n\r\nThe plane was carrying a team of Belarusian engineers and technologists who went to Somalia to repair a plane hit by a missile two weeks before that date.\r\n\r\n<strong>Oct. 4, 2001<\/strong>\r\n\r\nSeventy-eight people, most of them Russian \u00e9migr\u00e9s to Israel, died when the flight from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk\u00a0exploded\u00a0and plunged into the Black Sea off the Russian coast.\r\n\r\nFour minutes earlier, two long-range antiaircraft missiles were fired during a Ukrainian air defense exercise off the Black Sea\u2019s Crimean coast. Ukraine\u2019s president later said that he accepted investigators\u2019 finding that his country\u2019s military had accidentally\u00a0destroyed the Russian airliner.\r\n\r\n<strong>July 3, 1988<\/strong>\r\n\r\nA United States Navy warship in the Persian Gulf\u00a0shot down an Iranian passenger plane\u00a0that the Navy said it mistook for a jet fighter, killing all 290 people on board. The Iran Air Airbus A300 was flying over the Strait of Hormuz while the warship, the Vincennes, a 9,600-ton missile cruiser, was being engaged by Iranian gunboats.\r\n\r\nThe Americans, who were following radar readings, wrongly thought they saw a hostile F-14 jet fighter and downed the plane with a surface-to-air missile.\r\n\r\n<strong>Sept. 1, 1983<\/strong>\r\n\r\nA Soviet fighter jet shot down\u00a0KAL 007\u00a0after the airliner strayed off course and over Soviet territory, killing 269 passengers and crew members and prompting several\u00a0theories.\r\n\r\nThe Soviet Union contended the jet was on a spying mission, which the United States denied. The United States, Japan, and the Soviet Union searched the Sea of Okhotsk for the black box recorder but said they were unable to find it.\r\n\r\nThe episode evoked the Soviet downing of\u00a0Korean Air Lines Flight 902\u00a0in 1978, which had a different fate: All but two passengers on that flight survived.\r\n\r\n<strong>June 27, 1980<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThe crash of Italia Flight 870, known as the Ustica affair, killed all 81 people aboard and produced legions of conspiracy theories in Italy. The airliner was entering the final leg of a routine trip from Bologna, Italy, to Palermo, Sicily, when it suddenly plunged into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the small island of Ustica.\r\n\r\nIn 2013, Italy\u2019s highest court ruled that the government had to compensate the families of some of the victims, implicitly acknowledging the most widely accepted theory behind the crash: that a missile fired by a warplane had hit the twin-engine McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The court did not say where that missile came from.\r\n\r\n<strong>Feb. 21, 1973: <\/strong>\r\n\r\nA Boeing 727-200 en route from Tripoli, Libya, to Cairo via Benghazi, Libya, was shot down by\u00a0Israeli fighter aircraft\u00a0over the Sinai Desert. Just five of the\u00a0113 passengers\u00a0survived.\r\n\r\nIsrael said that the plane had flown over Israeli military concentrations along the Suez Canal and over a military airfield in Sinai, which was then occupied by Israel, which claimed it downed the plane to thwart a possible act of terrorism.