“Black boxes” of the Ukrainian airliner shot down in January by mistake by the Iranian military arrived in Paris. This was confirmed by Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
“We have received confirmation that the “black boxes” of flight number PS752 arrived in Paris, where they are expected to be delivered to the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis of Civil Aviation Security tomorrow morning for analysis. Officials from the Transport Security Council of Canada will also be present,” he wrote on Twitter.
Iranian experts have not been able to decipher the records themselves due to lack of special equipment, which is impossible to obtain due to current U.S. sanctions.
According to the Associated Press agency, the black box was sent to Paris accompanied by representatives of Iranian judicial authorities and civil aviation.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier reported that Iran would hand over to France recorders of the Ukrainian aircraft for decryption by July 20.
On January 11, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif officially announced that the Boeing 737 was unintentionally shot down by a rocket because of a “human error”. President of Iran Hasan Rowhani in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyi apologized, expressed condolences and admitted that the crash was due to a mistake of the Iranian military. He promised to bring those responsible to justice and support Ukrainian experts in the investigation.
On the same day, Kiev reclassified the criminal case of the crash to premeditated murder and destruction of the plane.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, Iranian Armed Forces) explained that the air defense system mistakenly mistook the passenger plane for a cruise missile, while the communications operator had only five seconds to make a decision and he made the wrong choice. At the same time, the IRGC declared the USA’s responsibility for what happened, emphasizing that on the night of the catastrophe in the sky over Iran “there were many enemy military planes”.
The Boeing 737 of Ukraine’s International Airlines, heading from Tehran to Kiev, crashed on January 8. The plane crashed two minutes after its departure. On board were nine crew members and 167 passengers, including citizens of Iran, Canada, Ukraine, Germany and the UK. All of them died.