The black boxes of the plane ukraine shot down by mistake in January by Iran over the Tehran will be sent to France “in the coming days,” said Monday the iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“The decision to send the black boxes has been taken from a time and will soon be followed by effects,” said Mr. Zarif, according to a press release from his department, during a phone call with his canadian counterpart François-Philippe Champagne.
The department had indicated last week that the process of sending the black boxes had been delayed by the outbreak of new coronavirus, which has resulted in the cancellation of most international flights.
The iranian armed forces have recognized at the January 11, having shot down “by error” of three days earlier the Boeing operating as flight PS 752 of Ukraine International Airlines between Tehran and Kiev shortly after its takeoff from the international airport of Tehran.
The tragedy claimed the lives of 176 people on board the aircraft, in the majority of Iranians and Canadians, many with dual nationality.
Ottawa is claiming for months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to extract and decrypt the data of the black boxes, and sends them abroad for analysis.
The black boxes should contain information about the last moments before the plane was struck by two missiles, ground-to-air and crashed.
According to the ministry’s press release, Tehran had told the Ukraine to be ready to “resolve the legal issues and discuss ways to compensate the families” of the victims, but had not yet received delegation of the other party.
The day of the accident, the air defenses of Iran were in a state of high alert after the islamic Republic has fired missiles on a base in iraq housing u.s. soldiers to avenge the powerful general iranian Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a strike drone in the u.s. to Baghdad on 3 January.