TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – An Iranian lawmaker said the country has decided to examine the flight recorders from a Ukrainian jetliner that was mistakenly shot down near Tehran on January 8 domestically.
Speaking to Press Shia Agency on Sunday, Farajollah Rajabi, a member of the Parliament’s development commission, said the black box of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane will remain and be analyzed inside Iran.
The Ministry of Road and Urban Development is going to read the data from the Ukrainian plane’s black box in the country, Rajabi added.
“Our policy is that the Ukrainian plane’s black box would remain in Iran and be read here,” the lawmaker said.
The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said the country’s air defense unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane on January 8 amid the highest level of readiness because of a possible military attack by the US.
All 176 people on board the plane were killed.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei ordered the Iranian Armed Forces to hold an inquiry about the faults and shortcomings that resulted in the unintentional downing of the plane.
Expressing his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the incident, the Leader urged the relevant officials to take the necessary cautionary measures in order to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.
Last week, Canada asked Iran to hand over to France or Ukraine the black boxes from the Ukrainian airliner.