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Iran finally agrees to hand over black boxes of downed Ukrainian plane

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Passersby stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8. Three days later, on January 11, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps admitted to accidentally shooting down the plane. [Rouhollah VAHDATI / ISNA / AFP]

MONTREAL, Canada -- After more than two months of stonewalling, the Iranian regime on Wednesday (March 11) finally agreed to hand over the flight data recorders, or black boxes, from Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 to Ukraine or France for analysis.

At a meeting of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal, Farhad Parvaresh, Iran's representative to the ICAO, said the devices would be sent to Kyiv, sources confirmed to AFP.

The black boxes are expected to contain information about the last moments before the jetliner crashed shortly after taking off from the Tehran airport on January 8.

Despite video and circumstantial evidence pointing to a surface-to-air missile hitting the airliner, Tehran continued for days to deny a missile strike took down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.


The Iranian regime on March 11 finally agreed to hand over the black boxes of the Ukrainian passenger jet that it accidentally downed in Tehran on January 8. []

But on January 11, faced with increasing international and internal pressure, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani finally admitted the truth -- that the Iranian military shot down the plane in a "catastrophic mistake", killing all 176 people onboard.

Citizens of Canada, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iran, Sweden and the United Kingdom were aboard the flight.

Rouhani's admission -- and the appearance of an attempted cover-up -- sparked days of anti-government protests in Iran.

Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets shouting, "Death to the dictator" -- a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- "Death to liars" and other anti-regime slogans.

Some student protesters called the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "incompetent" and "the people's shame".

The plane's downing occurred five days after a US drone strike killed IRGC Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3.

'A step in the right direction'

In Ottawa, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne "welcomed" Tehran's commitment to finally share the black boxes, saying this was "a step in the right direction by Iran."

"I take Iran at their word," he said, "but I would rather judge their actions once the black boxes are in Europe, and we have our own experts who have been able to analyse [them]."

Ukraine "welcomes Iran's decision" to hand them over, tweeted Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko, adding that "if additional expertise is needed," the flight data recorders would be forwarded to France for analysis.

At the ICAO meeting, Canadian Transportation Minister Marc Garneau stepped up the pressure, saying: "We cannot learn from the tragic shoot-down of PS752 unless all the facts are known and analysed."

"Two months after the fact, we should all be increasingly concerned with Iran's failure to arrange for the readout of the flight recorders despite repeated requests," he said, according to his speaking notes.

"Iran must act now to arrange the readout of the flight recorders ... Canadians and the international community simply cannot wait any longer."

The ICAO also pressed Tehran "to conduct the accident investigation in a timely manner" in compliance with international accident investigation provisions.

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Iran itself should conduct the investigation; other countries should not interfere.


Insistence of the westerners on receiving the black boxes might be for scene making and for their own preset recording in order to change the sounds of the tape and show Iran blamed. They have already recorded a tape and are ready to present it to the international community that the aircraft was hit with missile. Iran should by no means hand over the black boxes. Enemies are cunning and thinking of their own sinister plans.


They made mistake. The Unites States and its dirty puppets want to engage Iran into the game, and keep it away from its aim which is kicking the bloodthirsty America out of the region. Curse on the dirty networks.


The United States is trying to receive the contents of the black boxes in order to distort them, and Iran should not hand it over to the US or any other country, but it should do its readout in Iran with the presence of legal representatives according to the aviation law. Because if these black boxes are sent to the countries which are under US influence, the United States will change the contents of those boxes and declare Iran blamed for the incident.


We cannot blame Iran for downing the Ukraine airplane as long as the investigation completes. Mistake occurs in every country, and this incident came as Iran was on the alert with U.S war. America killed Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, and Iran responded to America by targeting its bases in Iraq. Iran guessed that America would also react in response to the assaults of Iran on the American bases in Iraq, and would attack Iran. That’s why Iran mistook the Ukraine airplane for a missile and shot it down. The main cause of the incident was America. Why did it kill Qasem Soleimani in Iraq? What was his sin? Why does America interfere in other countries? Why does America kill innocent people by different pretexts? All the countries considered Iran as the main cause for the incident, and no country said that why did America start war with Iran? Because the airplane crashed while Iran was at war with America. Therefore, America should also be considered blameful for the incident, and countries of the world should put pressure on America in order not to engage in war with any country of the world. Regards


Humans eat bread and food, animals like horse, donkey and goat eat grass; however, if you read your own words back you will see that people like you eat shit. You think Soleimani was innocent? You think that Satan or devil is innocent? Soleimani and the entire Iranian and Pakistani intelligence agencies and armies jointly destroyed millions of innocent people (more than 99% of them muslims) in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Kashmir. Iran and Pakistan are the main hubs of terror in the region and in the world. Soleimani hired thousands of poor Afghans based in Iran to go and fight in Syria and Iraq for the benefits of the Iranian and Syrian regimes, while their families remained hopeless as they received their beloved ones' dead bodies. Shame on the iranian and pakistani intelligence agencies.