Plane shot down in Iran: black boxes sent to France

Plane shot down in Iran: black boxes sent to France

Iran has sent the black boxes of the Ukrainian Boeing that was shot down over Tehran in January to Iran, an Iranian deputy foreign minister told the reformist daily Etemad on Saturday .

“The black boxes were transported to Paris yesterday by civil aviation officials and by a judge, and the decryption operation will start on Monday,” said Mohsen Baharvand, deputy foreign minister in charge of legal and international affairs.

The Iranian armed forces admitted on January 11 having shot down “by mistake” three days earlier the Boeing operating Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752 between Tehran and Kiev shortly after takeoff from Tehran international airport.

The tragedy claimed the lives of the 176 people on board the plane, mostly Iranians and Canadians, many of them binational.

The French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) said in late June that Iran had officially asked it for technical assistance to repair and download the data from the black boxes.

“The French government has had very good cooperation with the Iranian delegation, for which I thank France,” added Mr. Baharvand.

Work on the black boxes should start on July 20, according to the BEA.

The Iranian ministry said in June that the process of sending the black boxes had been delayed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which hit Iran hard and led to the cancellation of most international flights.

The latest Iranian Civil Aviation report published in mid-July indicated that the “key element” at the origin of the tragedy was “human error”, namely the incorrect setting of a military radar followed by other malfunctions. .

The black boxes should contain information about the last moments of the aircraft before it was struck by two surface-to-air missiles and crashed.

Iran’s air defenses were on high alert that day after the Islamic Republic fired missiles at an Iraqi base housing US soldiers intended to avenge the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed in a strike drone bombing in Baghdad on January 3.

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