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Ukrainian experts to get access to Boeing 737 black boxes in Iran, - Prystaiko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Black boxes will be handed over to Ukraine after that
12:18, 17 January 2020

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Ukrainian experts will receive access to the black boxes from the downed Boeing 737 plane in Iran, and then they will be handed over to Ukraine. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko stated this during an hour of questions to the government in the parliament.

The meeting was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“Last night, I spoke with the Iranian Foreign Minister. He assured me that since the responsibility for the investigation lies primarily with the Iranian authorities, in any case, under the Chicago Convention, the following algorithm of action is proposed: a joint investigation team - Iranian, Canadian, and we also join it, - will gets access to the black boxes on the site. After that, the Iranian side is ready to hand over the black boxes to Ukraine,” Prystaiko said.

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.

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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.

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