UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iranian authorities have found the black boxes of a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from the Iranian capital.
According to the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Agency, said the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
Abedzadeh also announced that his country would not give the black box to Boeing, saying they are considering handing it over to a third country.
The Boeing 737 belonging to the Ukrainian International Airlines crashed near Iran’s Imam Khomeini Airport shortly after flying in the early hours of this morning.
All 167 passengers and nine crew members on the plane died in the crash. The plane was headed for the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Abedzadeh said the cause of the incident will be revealed after examining the plane’s recorders in the black box, adding that the process will be carried out by a commission of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization.
“Ukrainians can join committee meetings,” he added.
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