Ukraine airliner black boxes arrive in France


Ukraine airliner black boxes arrive in France

The black boxes of a Ukrainian passenger plane Iran forces mistakenly shot down in January have arrived in France, French air investigators said on Saturday.

A source at France’s Bureau for Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) said the boxes had arrived and would be at the agency from Monday.

A 20-member international team would examine the boxes.

“The black boxes were transferred to Paris yesterday by aviation organisation officials and a judge, and their reading will start on Monday,” Mohsen Baharvand, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for international and legal affairs, was earlier quoted as saying by the Etemad newspaper.

“The French government has cooperated very well with the Iranian delegation and it is fitting that I thank them for this,” he added.

Flight 752, an Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main airport on January 8.

The Islamic republic admitted days…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper