A senior investigator from Iran is expected to visit Ukraine in coming days and will determine whether a Ukrainian laboratory is suitable to decode black boxes from a PS 752 plane that crashed last week, Reuters reports linking to Oleksiy Danylov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council.
In his interview with Reuters on Monday, a senior Ukraine security official said that Iran would have the final say on where the black boxes would be decoded.
Danylov offered an explanation for one of the early sources of confusion over the incident: a statement issued by Ukraine’s embassy in Iran on the day of the crash that initially pointed to engine failure as the cause. He said the statement, which was deleted later on Wednesday and replaced with another statement saying the cause was unknown, had been issued in a bid to gain access to the crash site.
“If we had said straight away that they had shot it down, I am not sure they would have let us go to the wreckage at all, let us do what we were doing,” he said.
After days of denying blame, Iran acknowledged on Saturday that it had mistakenly shot down the plane on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board shortly after it took off from Tehran for Kyiv.
As we reported earlier, the Main Investigation Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has launched a pre-trial investigation into the UIA crash in Iran under three articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Interfax-Ukraine agency informed about it with reference to SBU.
“Security Service, on behalf of the Prosecutor General's Office, started investigating the circumstances of the Boeing crash under Article 276, Part 3 (violation of traffic safety rules or exploitation of air transport), Article 115, Part 2 (intentional homicide) and Article 194 (intentional destruction or damage of property) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” the message reads.