Iran rejects accusations that a Ukrainian plane was shot down by a rocket: how the investigation is going
The head of the Iranian civil aviation organization Ali Abedzadeh denied allegations that the Ukrainian passenger plane Boeing 737-800 an Iranian missile could have shot down. On the eve of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the cause of the crash of the plane was hit by an Iranian ground-to-air missile. Writes about this with the BBC.
“There is full coordination between our air defense systems (AEDs) and civil aviation. Employees of civil aviation and air defense systems are sitting next to each other, so such a thing as a missile strike on an airplane is absolutely impossible, ”Abedzadeh said on air of Iranian television.
“We can confidently say that the missile did not hit this plane. The liner burned for more than a minute and a half during the flight, the pilots decided to return. There can be many reasons why they could not contact. First of all, they had to save the plane, ”he added.
Hassan Rezayfar, a spokesman for the Iranian air regulator, also said that Iran could request assistance in decrypting the so-called black boxes of the crashed plane from Russia, Ukraine, France and Canada. According to him, the investigation of the crash may take one to two years.
Passenger Boeing 737-800 of Ukraine’s International Airlines (UIA), flying from Tehran to Kiev, crashed and crashed a few minutes after departure from Imam Khomeini Airport on Wednesday, January 8. Killing all the people on board - 167 passengers and nine crew members.
How is the investigation going?
The US National Bureau of Transportation Safety has accepted an invitation from Iran to join in identifying the causes of the disaster.
An official invitation from the Iranian authorities came to the dispatch center of the National Bureau.
“The National Bureau has appointed its authorized representative to participate in the investigation,” the agency said in a statement.
It is not yet clear how the regime of US sanctions on Iran will affect the practical work of this representative. “We continue to monitor the situation and determine the degree of our participation,” the bureau said in a statement.
According to international rules, the United States has the right to participate in the investigation as the country of manufacture of the crashed aircraft.
Canada, whose citizens were 63 of the 176 dead as a result of the disaster, also sends a representative, and Ukrainian experts are already in Tehran, Iranian representative at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Farhad Parvaresh said.
The tragedy happened shortly after Iran fired rockets at US bases in neighboring Iraq.
The aircraft was new and reportedly in good condition.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau January 9 suggestedthat the airliner was shot down by mistake of the Iranian air defense. US President Donald Trump also said that he did not believe in a technical malfunction.
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The American media writes about this with reference to intelligence sources. The New York Times published a video of an anti-aircraft missile getting into an airplane received from an anonymous source in Iran. True, the Iranian emigrant who provided it, Nariman Gharib wrote on Twitter that he could not completely vouch for the authenticity of the personnel.
Iran denies the allegations and cites the sudden failure of one of the engines as the cause of the disaster.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On the morning of January 8, the Boeing 737 aircraft of Ukraine’s International Airlines (UIA) crashed shortly after departure from Tehran airport (Iran). All passengers and crew died.
- Victim crash near Tehran (Iran) plane of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) before the fall, made a U-turn and tried to return to the departure airport, the Iranian Civil Aviation Administration said in a preliminary report.
- On January 9, a Ukrainian official stated that the country sees Russia's missile strike as one of several possible reasons crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane.
- US President Donald Trump said that doubts that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashed in Iran crashed due to technical problems. He was supported by the prime ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom.
- Life stories of Ukrainians who died in a plane crash in Iran, read in our material.
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