UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristiciko said that his country’s investigators had found no evidence indicating that the crashed aircraft was in danger before it crashed.
This came in a press briefing of Minister Pristiko, commenting on the accident of the ill-fated plane in Iran, on Wednesday, according to the Ukrainian “Nash” channel.
He added: “A team of 50 Ukrainian investigators working on the ground in Iran, and their analyzes of the plane’s path did not result in anything indicating that it was in danger.”
He also indicated that there was insufficient evidence to resolve the controversy between the hypotheses of “terrorist act or occurrence of abnormal events on board.”
He pointed out that, based on the information received from the Air Command Control Center, the last conversation with the pilot of the plane was that it was “operating normally”, according to the same source.
In the context, Prestiko stressed that the Iranian authorities allow Ukrainian investigators to see the black boxes of the plane, in addition to working on the crash site and inspecting some of the debris, in addition to obtaining the records that were made between the plane and the observation center.
He continued: “We decide with the Iranians where the contents of the black boxes will be dismantled and analyzed, and although they want to do this in Iran, we want to analyze the two funds in Kiev (the Ukrainian capital).”
On Wednesday, a Ukrainian “Pyeong 737” airliner crashed, killing all 176 passengers, including 82 Iranians and 63 Canadians.
On Thursday, Ukrainian officials put forward 3 hypotheses explaining the reasons for the crash of the plane, which was traveling from Tehran to Kiev.
The Ukrainian National Defense and Security Council, in a statement, said that the plane may have “been subjected to terrorist action, or been hit by a surface-to-air missile.”
He added that the third reason that might explain the crash was “the engine was exposed to an explosion due to technical problems.”
However, Iranian officials stress that the accident occurred “for technical reasons”, according to the Iranian “Fars” agency.
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