Iran will send the black box Boeing 737-800 aircraft mistakenly shot to the capital Kiev, helping US, Canadian and French experts decode the data inside.
“The black box on the aircraft of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will be delivered to the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Experts in the US, Canada and France will have access to the data in the device,” said Hassan Rezaeifar, team leader. investigating Iran’s aviation accident, yesterday told reporters in Tehran, but did not say when the black box was brought to Kiev.
Iranian officials said the black box could be shipped to a lab in France if the decryption process in Ukraine failed, while admitting Tehran was unable to extract all the necessary data on the two black boxes.
The black box was found on the scene by Iran on January 10. Image: WANA.
UIA Boeing 737-800 hit a rocket on the morning of January 8 after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) admitted to mistakenly firing the plane as a US cruise missile.
Investigators in Ukraine and Canada arrived in Iran, having access to debris of the Boeing and the location of the plane. Countries whose citizens have died include Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom on January 16 issued a five-point cooperation plan with Iran, urging Tehran to allow “foreign officials to have full and unacceptable access.” obstruction “during the incident investigation.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Tehran was actively cooperating in investigating the accident, saying an Iranian official would come to Ukraine next week to apologize for the accident and give an explanation.
Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)