The Main Investigation Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has launched a pre-trial investigation into the UIA crash in Iran under three articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Interfax-Ukraine agency reported this with reference to SBU.
“Security Service, on behalf of the Prosecutor General's Office, started investigating the circumstances of the Boeing crash under Article 276, Part 3 (violation of traffic safety rules or exploitation of air transport), Article 115, Part 2 (intentional homicide) and Article 194 (intentional destruction or damage of property) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” the message reads.
SBU noted that at this stage of the investigation they were gathering information.
As it was reported earlier, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 people aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy. The aircraft of Ukraine's Defense Ministry will return from Iran with the bodies of 11 Ukrainians who deceased in the recent plane crash in Tehran.
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.
Initially, Iran denied that any claims of the plane being shot down by a missile made no sense. Later, the government and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps recognized that the aircraft was downed by a missile, as the country's anti-aircraft defense systems were on high alert. Tehran expressed its deepest condolences to all those who lost their loved ones in the disaster.
Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky insisted that Kyiv expects prosecution of those responsible for the tragedy and compensation from Iran.