Published: Sun, January 26, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Iran asked for technical assistance on black boxes in downed plane

Iran asked for technical assistance on black boxes in downed plane

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne wrote to his Iranian counterpart to emphasize Canada's view that black boxes should be sent quickly for analysis by experts in France or Ukraine, which is the consensus of countries that lost citizens when Iran's Revolutionary Guard accidentally hit the passenger plane, killing all 176 aboard.

The plane crash happened on January 8 and came at a time of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran killing all 176 people on board.

"Investigators. discovered that two Tor-M1 missiles. were fired at the aircraft", Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation said in a preliminary report posted on its website late on Monday.

But if Iran doesn't have the capacity to analyze the black boxes, the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) rules say they have to send them to someone who does.

Ukraine is urging Iran to return the black-box flight recorders of a Ukrainian passenger plane shot down by the Iranian forces earlier this month.

Iran's Civil Aviation Organization has announced that two missiles caused the crash of a Ukrainian civilian plane near Tehran airport on January 8.

Mr Trudeau also said that the fact that Iran does not recognise dual nationality of crash victims is a challenge, adding that Canada insists that the families' wishes be respected.

The new Iranian position sets up a wider dispute over the global investigation into the incident, which has already roiled the region after the United States assassinated top IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani outside Baghdad's worldwide airport January 3.

Further delay in sending overseas is expected to increase worldwide pressure on Iran, which the military said it accidentally shot down while on high alert within hours strained after Iran fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq.

"If the appropriate supplies and equipment are provided, the information can be taken out and reconstructed in a short period of time", the agency said in its report.

The crash's victims included 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, heightening calls for an global investigation. "But so far, we haven't made any decisions".

Eslmai insisted since the incident happened in Iran, the information contained in the flight recorders must be investigated by Iranian authorities who have taken steps to secure "hardware and software" necessary to complete the work.

Responding to US President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign created to shut off Iran's oil exports, Tehran has scaled back its commitments to the nuclear accord.

The Tor is among the most modern air defense systems Iran has, according to Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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