Canada to get access to recorders from downed plane in Iran

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Canada to get access to recorders from downed plane in Iran

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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TORONTO, Canada (AP) — Canada's Transportation Safety Board said yesterday that Iranian officials have invited it to participate in analysis of the voice and flight data recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner shot down by a missile that killed 176 people including 57 Canadians.

TSB Chair Kathy Fox said Iran has invited the agency to take part as an observer for the download and analysis of the “black boxes” wherever and whenever that takes place, and the agency hopes to play a larger role.

“We are working very hard to build trust daily in order for us to [be] brought in,” Fox said. “Canada's role is evolving. It remains to be seen how far that will go.”

Natacha Van Themsche, director of investigations, said Canadian experts also have been invited to inspect the wreckage and the crash site — an unusual step since the plane was not produced in Canada and the crash did not occur in Canada.

Two Canadian investigators have obtained visas to travel to Iran and a second team with expertise in recorder download and analysis will be sent.

The crash early last Wednesday killed everyone on board, mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians. After initially pointing to a technical failure and insisting the armed forces were not to blame, Iranian authorities on Saturday admitted accidentally shooting it down in the face of mounting evidence and accusations by Western leaders.

Van Themsche said the agency will also investigate why Iranian airspace was not closed to civilian traffic when Iran launched attacks on Iraqi military bases.

Canada suspended diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada's foreign minister have been in touch with their Iranian counterparts since the plane was shot down.

Iran downed the flight as it braced for possible American retaliation after firing ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing US forces. The missile attack, which caused no US casualties, was a response to the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general, in a US airstrike in Baghdad.

Trudeau has called the downing a Canadian tragedy because 138 of the passengers were headed for Canada. They included students, newly-weds, doctors and parents. The youngest was a one-year-old girl.

Canada's foreign minister and envoys from other countries who had victims in the crash were scheduled to meet in London on Thursday to share information. The crash included citizens from Iran, Sweden, Afghanistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Germany.


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