Black box transcript confirms illegal interference with downed plane in Iran, Ukraine says

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The black box transcript of a Ukrainian plane that was accidentally shot down by Iran on January 8 confirms the fact of illegal interference in the plane, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister wrote on Twitter on Friday.Yevhenii Yenin said Kiev expects an Iranian delegation to visit Ukraine next week for talks.

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday that an international team examining the jet’s black boxes had performed preliminary analysis of the data in France.

“I thank all the partners who have helped bring this moment closer. The black boxes of # PS752 have been read and decrypted successfully. The transcript confirmed the fact of illegal interference with the plane, ”Yenin wrote on Twitter.

Iranian forces said they shot down Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737 after mistaking it for a missile at a time of high tensions with the United States. All 176 passengers on board died, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this month that it was too early to blame human error for the downing of the airliner and that many questions remained unanswered.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in February that Kiev was not happy with the amount of compensation Iran had offered.



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