PARIS – Iran will be sending the black boxes of a Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down in January to France to be deciphered, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said.
All 176 people on board the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737 airliner died when it crashed in a field shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Jan. 8.
Iran initially blamed the crash on a technical problem, but later admitted to unintentionally shooting down the airliner amid heightened tensions with U.S. forces in neighboring Iraq.
The ICAO wrote on Twitter that Iran had informed it that the boxes – the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder – would be read out in France on July 20 with the participation of all countries involved.
France’s air accident investigation body BEA confirmed that Iran had requested its technical assistance to repair the boxes and download their data.
Canada, home to almost half the passengers on the flight, had previously urged Tehran to send the boxes to France, given that Iran didn’t have the technical capacity to recover the data.
The Canadian Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it would be sending a team of investigators to participate in the download of the data.
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