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Britain offers help in the Ukrainian plane’s investigations

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Thursday, offered to help with the investigations of the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran on Wednesday, which killed 176 people.

Johnson, in contact with Ukrainian President Volodomir Zelinsky, offered “his condolences for the loss of the Ukrainian International Airlines plane, and all those on board,” according to a British government statement.

The statement added: “Zelinsky informed the Prime Minister of the Ukrainian efforts to find out the facts,” noting that Johnson “offered UK support” in the investigations.

Johnson called for “a full, credible and transparent investigation of what happened”, confirming the UK’s continued commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty.

The two leaders agreed to continue to work to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries, according to the statement.

On Wednesday, a Ukrainian “Boeing 737” airliner crashed, killing 176 people, including 82 Iranians and 63 Canadians.

Iranian officials stressed that the accident occurred “for technical reasons,” according to the semi-official “Fars” agency.

However, the Ukrainian Airlines denied that there was a problem in the stricken plane, confirming that it is new and was checked two days ago.

On the same day, the semi-official Iranian agency, Mehr, quoted the head of the Civil Aviation Authority, Ali Abedzadeh, as saying that his country “will not hand over the black box to Boeing, the American company that produces the plane,” stressing that the current procedures revolve around choosing the country to which Iran will send the box, Until his data is analyzed.

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