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Iran rules out handing over recorders of downed plane to other countries

Iran Press TV

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 7:35 PM

Iran's minister of transportation has resisted calls for handing over to other countries the recorders of a plane that crashed near the capital Tehran earlier this month, saying the so-called black boxes should remain with an Iranian team that is investigating the incident.

Mohammad Eslami said on Wednesday that the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recovered from the Boeing 737-800 that was mistakenly shot down by the Iranian air defenses on January 8 when it was on its way to the Ukrainian capital had to be solely analyzed by the accident investigation team at Iran's Civil Aviation Organization.

"The black box(es) that include the CVR and FDR are an integral part of the accident investigation and the accident has taken place in Iran," said Mohammad Eslami on Wednesday after returning from Ukraine, where he submitted Iran's official condolences to the government and people of the country over the plane crash.

All 176 people on board the plane operated by Ukraine International Airlines died in the incident which came hours after Iran launched missile attacks on American military bases in neighboring Iraq.

Most of the passengers on the plane were Iranians returning to Canada for either work or study after spending winter holidays in Iran.

Eslami's comments about the black boxes come as Canada and Ukraine have demanded the recorders be sent abroad for analysis.

The Iranian minister told reporters that the Iranian accident investigation team would ask for technical assistance in reading the boxes if any such need arises at any stage of the investigation.

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