Iran sends black box of downed Ukrainian plane to France


Iran has sent the black box of the Ukrainian passenger plane that its armed forces mistakenly shot down in France to January for reading, a semi-official Iranian news agency said on Saturday.Iran accidentally shot down the Boeing 737-800 in January, killing all 176 people on board, including 55 Canadians. Iran initially denied responsibility for the incident, but later admitted its role in destroying the airliner, after mistaking it for an incoming missile.

The Iranian armed forces were preparing for a counterattack after launching missiles at US bases in Iraq in response to the murder of its commander-in-chief, General Qassim Soleimani, in a US strike earlier in January.

ILNA report quotes Mohsen Baharvand, an assistant to the Iranian foreign minister, as saying the black box of the downed plane was transported to Paris on Friday, along with Iranian civil aviation and justice .

Baharvand also said the black box would be read in Paris on Monday.

He said France would start reading flight recorders on Monday and praised the French government for its “very good cooperation with the Iranian delegation”.

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The French aircraft accident investigation agency BEA is recognized as one of the world’s leading flight recorder reading agencies.

Iran is conducting intense negotiations with Ukraine, Canada and other countries that had citizens on board the downed plane and who demanded a full investigation into the incident.

An official with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada told CBC News in a statement, “We are deploying a team this weekend in Paris and we will have more information on Monday once they are there. ”

In an interim report last week, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization accused the misalignment of a radar system and the lack of communication between the air defense operator and its commanders of the failure.


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