Red Crescent workers check the debris from the Ukraine International Airlines plane,Picture copyright

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All 176 people on board have been killed

Iran has despatched the black field of a Ukrainian passenger aircraft which was by chance downed in Tehran earlier this yr to France.

All 176 people on board have been killed when the aircraft was hit by two missiles shortly after take-off on 8 January.

Iran’s deputy international minister stated the black containers have been taken to Paris on Friday and can be learn on Monday.

Iran initially denied duty for the incident, which got here amid heightened tensions with the US.

However the nation admitted fault days later, after Western intelligence officers stated proof pointed to Iranian involvement.

Tehran stated the Ukraine Worldwide Airways flight had been mistaken for a cruise missile, in what President Hassan Rouhani described as an “unforgivable mistake”.

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Iran’s air defences had been on excessive alert on the time. Hours earlier than the crash, the nation had fired ballistic missiles at two US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of prime Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani by a US drone strike in Baghdad.

Why is the black field necessary?

Iran had beforehand delayed releasing the black field – which incorporates key knowledge and communications from the cockpit – amid disagreements with nations whose residents died over the place it ought to be decoded.

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Media captionCellular phone footage seems to point out the aircraft within the moments earlier than it got here down

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Underneath world aviation guidelines, Iran has the correct to guide the investigation, however producers are usually concerned and consultants say few nations are able to analysing black containers.

Iran had refused to launch the black field to the US, the place the aircraft’s producer Boeing relies.

The recordings will now be analysed by French consultants. Canada, which misplaced 55 residents within the crash, and Ukraine have stated they’ll ship their very own consultants to participate within the investigation.

What does Iran say occurred?

Iran has performed its personal investigation into the crash, with a report launched final week by the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran (CAOI) blaming “human error” and poor navy communication for the downing of the aircraft.

Nonetheless, Ukraine’s Overseas Minister stated it was “too early” for such statements and stated any conclusions ought to anticipate the worldwide investigation.

Final month, Iranian authorities stated six people had been arrested over the incident.

There was a lot hypothesis about why Iran didn’t clear the skies throughout the assault. A current audio recording obtained by Canada’s CBC Information means that the airspace remained open to keep away from freely giving Iran’s intention to assault the US air base in Iraq.

The recording is allegedly a dialog between the household of one of many accident victims and Hassan Rezaeifar, who on the time was main Iran’s investigation into the incident.

Iran’s Deputy Overseas Minister Mohsen Baharvand dismissed the recording, saying it couldn’t be used as proof.