Iran shot at Ukrainian airliner with 2 missiles

A rescue worker searches the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed

A rescue worker searches the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 from Tehran and bound for Kiev flight was unintentionally shot down by the air defense unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini Airport in the Iranian capital on January 8, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board.

The black boxes sustained physical damage, but their memory is intact after the flight was hit by two missiles within three minutes of taking off from Tehran's airport on January 8, the report says.

A request for technical assistance was sent to the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety in France and to the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States, but they did not respond positively to the request. he said.

The latest report by Iran's civil aviation agency noted that two Tor-M1 missiles were fired at the airliner from the north, and how the projectiles contributed to the crash were still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Canada and its allies are pushing Iran to release the black boxes from the jetliner to another country that can quickly download its crucial flight data.

Iran says its armed forces mistakenly launched two surface-to-air missiles at a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed with 176 people onboard earlier this month, its first acknowledgement of the precise number of rounds fired at the airliner.

Mr Trudeau also said that the fact that Iran does not recognise dual nationality of crash victims is a challenge, adding that Canada insists that the families' wishes be respected.

The disaster happened shortly after Iran launched missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq in response to the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a United States drone strike in Baghdad on January 3.

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A further delay in sending them overseas is likely to increase global pressure on Iran, whose military has said it shot the plane down by mistake while on high alert in the tense hours after Iran fired missiles at USA targets in Iraq.

"If devices are provided, the information [on the black boxes] can be restored and retrieved in a short period of time", it said.

He further described that in case of any problems with decoding the black box, required decisions will be made to ask the other involved sides for help, Mehr News Agency reported.

The TSB investigators spent the past two days in Kyiv with Iranian and Ukrainian teams in part to begin assessing whether the recorders can be processed in Ukraine.

The victims include mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, and four British nationals.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, was prepared to retaliate for the missile attack, but abstained after the missiles caused no casualties. But Washington reimposed USA sanctions after withdrawing from the pact in 2018, a move that led to the steady escalation of tension in recent months between the United States and Iran.

It has since slapped crippling sanctions on Iran, which denies it wants to acquire nuclear weapons and has hit back by progressively rolling back commitments to the nuclear deal.

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