KiwiNZ:networkn: I read this morning, that commercial airliners have transponders which missile systems big enough to take a plane out at that altitude and speed, will refuse to fire on if you "paint" the target. You would need to "override" the command sequence to make the system fire said missile. Based on that, little chance it was unintentional. Maybe wrong airline.
One might hope that despite the horrific consequences, that the consequences may force cooler heads to prevail and somewhat diffuse tensions in the area as they concentrate on this rather than the original conflict.
unfortunately cooler heads has never been a feature of that region.
One can hope for change right?
Regardless, I don't see WW3 starting over this. The two other super powers don't have enough skin in the game.