Black boxes on Iranian plane crash will be downloaded by investigators in France – National

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France said on Friday that it would download the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner shot down by an Iranian missile in January, which would ease a deadlock over where they should be read.French accident investigation agency BEA said it was acting at the request of Iran, which remains responsible under global rules to conduct a formal accident investigation after acknowledging that the Boeing 737 had been shot down by his strength.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.



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