The French side has officially confirmed passage of black boxes from PS752, the Ukrainian Boeing 737 downed in Iran in January. Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Foreign Minister said so.
"We got a confirmation that black boxes from flight PS752 arrived in Paris, where they are expected to be sent to the Bureau for Investigation of Civilian Aviation Safety. Officials from the Council for Transport Safety of Canada will be present, too", reads the message.
Flight 752, an Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran's main airport on January 8. The Islamic republic admitted days later that its forces accidentally shot down the Kyiv-bound jetliner, killing all 176 people on board. Iran said that the misalignment of an air defence unit's radar system was the key "human error" that led to the plane's downing. Tehran's air defences had been on high alert at the time in case the US retaliated against Iranian strikes hours earlier on American troops stationed in Iraq. Those strikes were carried out in response to the killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport.