Iran sent to France for decoding the recorders from the Ukrainian plane shot down near Tehran, Deputy Head of the Iranian foreign Ministry Mohsen Baharvand said on Friday.
“The black box of the Ukrainian plane was delivered to Paris,” the diplomat was quoted as saying by the Iranian newspaper Etemad.
According to him, this was done the day before by representatives of the civil aviation Organization of Iran, which is involved in the investigation of the incident. On July 20, the transcript of the recorder will begin.
A Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukraine International airlines on a flight to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran airport on January 8 in the early morning. One hundred seventy-six people were killed: citizens of Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, and Afghanistan. The Iranian military on January 11 said that the Ukrainian Boeing was shot down accidentally, the fault was the human factor: the plane flew near a military facility in Iran and was mistaken for an “enemy target,” namely, a cruise missile. At the same time, Iran noted that it expected an attack from the United States, in connection with which the country’s air defense systems were put on full alert.