Iran decided to send the black box of the Ukrainian Airlines passenger plane, which it announced was accidentally dropped by the air defense systems, to Ukraine upon request from Kiev.
Iran’s semi-official news agency Tesnim also said that on January 8, data and sound recordings from the black box of the passenger plane that was shot down in the capital Tehran will be examined by experts from France, Canada and the USA.
According to Tesnim, the Iranian Civil Aviation Agency Accident Investigation Manager Hassan Rezaifar said that the aim was to read the data using the expertise of these three countries.
“The black box of the plane will not be read in Iran. The black box is sent to Kiev at the request of Ukrainian experts. If the analysis is not successful, the black box will be sent to France,” said Rezaifar.
Boeing 737 passenger plane, which took off from Tehran International Imam Khomeini Airport to go to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, fell shortly after takeoff, and there were no survivors of 176 passengers and crew on board.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Army launched a missile attack on two Iraqi bases with US soldiers just before the plane was shot down.
Tehran first rejected the allegations that the passenger plane was hit by them, but on January 11, the Iranian General Staff announced that the passenger plane was accidentally dropped by the air defense system as a result of a “human error” as it passed over a “sensitive military spot”.