EC chief calls for full probe of Ukrainian plane crash

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2020

Ukraine's ambassador to Canada says Ukraine has sent 45 specialists to Tehran to work on the investigation into the deadly crash of flight 752.

Good morning and welcome to the Guardian's live blog coverage of the awful loss of life after a Ukrainian passenger aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran - and the new development in the form of claims by western security officials that it was accidentally shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile.

He added that the investigation team was still waiting for information from the aircraft's black box.

He ended the tweet by saying, "We appreciate any country who can provide information to the committee in charge".

"The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash", the Iranian civil aviation organisation said, and added that "according to eyewitnesses, a fire was seen on board the plane which grew in intensity".

As reported, a Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kyiv time) on Wednesday, January 8.

There were 176 people on board the aircraft - 167 passengers (including two Ukrainians) and nine crew (all Ukrainians). At least 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians and 4 Britons were among the dead.

Iran has denied the allegations.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference later Thursday that his government had intelligence from "multiple" sources that showed an Iranian missile shot down the jet.

"When [President] Zelensky talked to the president of Iran, he specifically asked his Iranian counterpart to make sure that Canada will be able to contribute to this investigation - and that's something that we strongly believe in", Shevchenko said.

"We prefer to download the black boxes in Iran".

The official said the data showed the plane airborne for two minutes after departing Tehran when heat signatures of two surface-to-air missiles were detected.

Short footage of the recorders was released by Iranian media on Friday.

The accident took place minutes after Iran's missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq.

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