Iran asks France to analyze black boxes of downed UIA plane – media


Iran has asked France to decrypt the black boxes of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, according to sources close to the investigation.

The Iranian envoy to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal said the Islamic Republic had enlisted the help of the French air accident agency BEA to download and read the data on the flight recorder, AFP reported.

At the same time, the BEA denied to AFP that it had been asked — but added that it was “ready to consider any request” from Iran.

The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) (PS752) plane bound for Tehran to Kiev crashed shortly after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kiev time) on 8 January. There were 176 people on board – nine crew members (all Ukrainian) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany and the United Kingdom). They’re all dead.

The Iranian head of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed in March to hand over the black box flight recorders to France or Ukraine for analysis, but this has not been done so far.

Six people charged with the crash of flight PS752 have been arrested in Iran.



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