Iran agrees to hand over downed jet’s black boxes to Ukraine

MONTREAL (HRNW) – Iran pledged Wednesday at a meeting of UN civil aviation agency to hand over black boxes from downed Flight 752 to Ukraine or France for analysis — a move welcomed by Canada and Ukraine.

Iran s representative at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Farhad Parvaresh, said the devices would be sent to Kiev, sources confirmed to AFP.

They are expected to contain information about the last moments before the Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was struck by a missile and crashed shortly after taking off from the Tehran airport on January 8.

In Ottawa, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne “welcomed” Iran s commitment to finally share the black boxes, saying this was “a step in the right direction by Iran.”

“I take Iran at their word,” he said, “but I would rather judge their actions once the black boxes are in Europe and we have our own experts who have been able to analyze (them).”

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