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B-737 plane crashed. Iran: we will download black boxes data

It may take a month or two to extract the information

Iran declared today its intention to download the black box recordings from the Ukraine Airlines plane crashed in Tehran causing the death of the 176 people on board (see AVIONEWS).

Canada has announced that according to intelligence sources, the aircraft was shot down by a missile, probably by mistake, but Iran has forcefully rejected the charges (see AVIONEWS). The Prosecutor General of Ukraine asked Canada "to provide information that could facilitate criminal investigations" about the accident. An American official cited satellite data that would have detected infrared heat emissions: traces of two surface-to-air missiles would have been found. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has indicated that he cannot rule out a missile attack, but awaits further confirmation. Kiev investigators will look for missile debris at the crash site.

The Islamic Republic said it could take a month or two to extract the information from the voice data recorders and said that if necessary it will involve Russia, Canada, France and Ukraine in the job. "We would prefer to unload black boxes in Iran. But if we realize that we will not be able to make it because they are damaged, we will seek help", said Ali Abedzadeh, head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, at a press conference in Tehran.

"It is important to ensure maximum clarity and as quickly as possible", Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Foreign Minister added it. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency