Iran promises to hand over black boxes from plane crash and start talks on reparations: Ottawa
The Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down on January 8 by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, killing 176 people in what Tehran called a “disastrous mistake” at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.
Repair and download work for the cockpit voice and data recorders will begin on July 20, BEA said.
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Flight recorders of Iranian plane still not in Canadian hands, says Garneau
Aviation authorities in Canada, including 57 citizens who have died on board, have announced that they will send a team to Paris to participate.
The Iranian envoy to the United Nations aviation agency told Reuters earlier this month that the country’s aviation accident investigation bureau had asked the BEA to read the black boxes, though this was followed by contradictory ministerial statements.
Friday’s statement suggests that Western and Iranian officials will jointly attend technical work at the BEA, although someone following the case did not rule out last-minute changes.
According to UN directives, accident investigators in the United States and Ukraine are accredited for the investigation, but there was no immediate confirmation of their trip to France.
The BEA, which has a laboratory on the outskirts of Paris, has a tradition of assisting with some of the most sensitive probes when tensions are high between the parties directly involved.
In 1993, the agency analyzed the black boxes of a Korean airliner built in the United States, shot down a decade earlier by the Soviet Union, after a United Nations agency reopened the case.