Iran explains reason for delay in sending black boxes of downed Ukrainian plane

Source : 112 Ukraine

The main issue for delay became the coronavirus
17:33, 18 July 2020

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The National Aviation Organization of Iran explained why the black boxes of Ukrainian Boeing, shot down in early January 2020, were not sent for international examination for over six months. This was reported by Radio Liberty.

"The Civil Aviation Authority and the Disaster Investigation Team, fully adhering to international protocols, investigated the accident. And if the coronavirus was not an issue, the black boxes could have been sent for decryption in the early days," said the director general of legal and international affairs of the National Aviation organization Mohammad Sharafi.

At that time, he said, all flights to Europe were available only to return their own citizens from Europe to Iran.

Sharafi also noted that Iran asked European countries, the United States and Canada to provide the necessary equipment for decryption, but "they did not agree."

Earlier it became known that Iran sent a black box of the Ukrainian Boeing-737 aircraft to France.

Related: Iran says PS752 disaster was caused by incorrect air defense settings

As we reported before, Iran has already informed Ukraine about its readiness to solve legal issues on the mode of payment of the compensation to the families of perished passengers of Boeing 737 and compensations for the Ukrainian aircraft

January 8, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 passengers aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport.

11 citizens of Ukraine died in the crash of Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines (PS 752 flight). President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky reported that the passenger plane crash in the Iranian capital left no survivors.

On January 19, the bodies of the Ukrainians, who died in a plane crash in Iran, were delivered to Ukraine. The farewell ceremony took place at Boryspil Airport.

Related: Iran's version of UIA crash’s cause may be premature, - official

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