Iran,”Hand over the black box”

Images of an Anti-Aircraft missile (9K330/TOR) debris found close to where the Ukrainian Flight #PS752 crashed.

Iranian transportation authority is refusing to hand over the black box from the plane crash — raising questions from all sides about how the investigation will proceed.

Ukraine today asked Iran to hand over the black box flight recorders of the passenger plane that crashed after being hit by an Iranian missile.

The Office of the General Prosecutor said it it will take all measures to properly decode the black boxes and preserve evidence in the investigation of the accident.

In a statement, prosecutor’s office said the country had sent a request for legal assistance linked to handover to the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 flight recorders.

The statement added that Ukraine’s SBU security service is in charge of investigating the crash of the plane which had been bound for Kiev.

The downing of the plane came hours after Tehran had launched a barrage of missiles at bases housing American troops in Iraq, in retaliation for the killing of commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike.

Iran, Civil Aviation Organization last evening announced that a specialized probe by the Canadian experts into the Ukrainian plane crash site is underway. Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the official news agency of Iran, quoting the Civil Aviation Spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said that Canadian experts involved in inspecting the air disaster collected documents after a trilateral meeting between experts from Iran, Canada and Ukraine.

Noting that transparency and observing international regulations during investigations are focal points in Iran Aviation Organization’s examinations, the Spokesman added that the institute welcomes involvement of representatives from the other countries in the process of inspections.
All 176 passengers aboard the Ukrainian Boeing 737 were killed after it crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main international airport last week. There were 167 passengers and nine crew members on flight PS-752 that burst into flames mid-sky and crashed into ground near Parand, a city southwest of Tehran.

Earlier the Iranian authorities admitted that  in the background of US-Iran faceoff , the Ukrainian plane was shot down unintentionally due to human error by the Iranian armed Forces as it was mistakenly construed to be an enemy plane resulting in the unfortunate death of all passengers and crew.

Among the victims were over 140 Iranian nationals with others belonging to other countries, including Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Britain and Canada.

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