The identification of bodies of Ukrainians who perished in the tragedy of flight PS752 is over. The Iranian side said it was ready to hand them over to Ukraine. Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported that on January 16.
"Today, experts of the Ministry that stay in Tehran received the DNA profiles of the remains of all eleven deceased citizens of Ukraine. Preparations for further passage to Ukraine are underway", says the message.
Their remains are supposed to reach Ukraine by January 19.
As we reported earlier, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS 752 with 176 people aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy. The aircraft was on its way from Tehran to Kyiv. The crash took place soon after the takeoff. Iranian media reported that, quoting the airport administration. The officials said that the reason for the crash was a "technical malfunction" of the plane's engine. The Ukrainian air company that owned the aircraft denied that there was such a malfunction; a pilot's mistake was ruled out, too.
Later, Iran recognized that the plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile; it was fired because the operator of the AA defense system could not tell the civilian aircraft from a hostile object and decided to fire anyway. Iran pleaded guilty and offered its condolences to families of the victims.