Iran to send black box flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine


Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, officials in Tehran said.

Hassan Rezaeifer, the head of accident investigations for the civil aviation department, said it was not possible to read the black boxes in Iran.

He told the semi-official Tasnim news agency that French, American and Canadian experts would help analyse the recorders in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

Mr Rezaeifer added if that does not work, the black boxes will be sent to France.

Posters of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani hangs on the wall at the site where he was killed in Baghdad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard accidentally shot the plane down shortly after it took off from Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people on board.

Hours earlier, the Guard had launched ballistic missiles at US troops in Iraq in response to the US air strike that killed Iran’s top commander, General Qassem Soleimani.

Officials say lower-level officers mistook the plane for a US cruise missile.

Iranian officials initially said the crash was caused by a technical problem and invited countries which lost citizens to help investigate.

Three days later, Iran admitted responsibility after Western leaders said there was strong evidence the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile.

The victims included 57 Canadian citizens as well as 11 Ukrainians, 17 people from Sweden, four Afghans and four British citizens.

An anti-war activist places candles to form the message ‘No War’ during a rally at the US embassy in Seoul, South Korea

Most of those killed were Iranians.

The other five nations have called for Iran to accept full responsibility and pay compensation to the victims’ families.

The plane was a Boeing 737-800 that was designed and built in the US.

The plane’s engine was designed by CFM International, a joint company comprising the French group Safran and US group GE Aviation.

Investigators from both countries have been invited to take part in the probe.


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