UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Iranian authorities categorically denied the hypothesis that the Ukrainian Boeing 727 plane crashed Wednesday near Tehran with a missile.
And in the evening, Kiev announced that the Ukrainian experts who were sent to Iran had access to the two black boxes that were found shortly after the accident on Wednesday. The Fars news agency quoted an “informed source” on Friday evening that “the cause of the Ukrainian plane crash will be announced” on Saturday, after a meeting of the investigation committee “in the presence of (Iranian) and foreign parties.”
It is noteworthy that the catastrophe that killed all of its 176 passengers, most of whom were Iranian Iranians, occurred a few hours after Tehran fired missiles at bases used by the US military in Iraq.
Ottawa and London said Thursday that the plane was definitely shot down by an Iranian missile, probably by mistake, and there are online videos that support this hypothesis. But the head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, Ali Abedzadeh, said: “There is one thing for sure, that this plane was not hit by a missile.”
The Iranian official warned that the investigation “will take time”, warning of all speculation that does not take into account the results of the analysis of the plane’s two black boxes, which were found on Wednesday.
The advisor of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hosamuddin Ashna, on Twitter Friday, urged the Persian-speaking media abroad to “not participate in the psychological war” on Iran in this case.
– Promises of transparency –
The plane crashed west of Tehran shortly after takeoff. Meanwhile, a twenty-second video was shown showing what appeared to be the moment the plane was hit. The recording shows an object that moves quickly and rises in the sky before a bright flash appears, then fades and continues to move forward. After a few seconds, an explosion was heard.
“We saw some videos (…) we confirm that the plane caught fire for 60 to 70 seconds,” but “saying that it was hit by something that could not be scientifically correct,” the Iranian official said.
With calls to reveal the truth increasing, Tehran promised to conduct a “transparent” investigation and make every effort to facilitate the mission of countries with citizens among the victims. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristiciko announced that Ukrainian experts are receiving “full cooperation” from Tehran.
He continued, “We intend to start soon” to extract the data of the conversations recorded on the black boxes. While Iran, which Canada cut ties with in 2012, said it was waiting for a Canadian team of 10 people tasked with “caring for Canadian victims’ purposes.” Iran has called on Boeing, the maker of the ill-fated aircraft, to “participate” in the investigation.
“We have invited the Americans, the Canadians, the French, the Ukrainians and the Swedes to be present and to see how we operate,” said the head of Iran’s civil aviation authority.
And France can participate in the investigation as a manufacturer of aircraft engines through the CFM International Group, a mixed company between French Safran and American General Electric.
The French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BAE) said that it had “appointed an authorized representative to participate in the investigation.”
The US Transportation Security Agency announced that Washington would also participate in the investigation, and its Canadian counterpart also said.
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