The president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, has said he is confident that aviation experts sent by Ukraine can participate in the analysis of the two ‘black boxes’ of the Boeing 737 plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran ending the life of 176 people
«We hope everyone will be part of the commission and also participate in the decryption of flight recorders,» said the Ukrainian president, in a video posted on the Telegram channel of the Presidency of Ukraine, according to the news agency Sputnik.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has sent a team of 45 experts to Tehran to carry out identification and repatriation work on the bodies of Ukrainian citizens killed in the accident at the scene of the air accident.
The president of Ukraine has said he plans to have a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hasan Rohani, to «intensify cooperation» in the investigation of the plane crash on Wednesday.
Zelenski has appealed to the international community, in particular to Canada – a country from which more than 60 fatalities of the accident were originating – to join the investigation of the plane crash.
The President of Ukraine has called for the avoidance of speculation and has called for the preliminary report of the commission investigating the incident to be published. «It is clear that we all want to find out the truth as soon as possible, but in such matters speed can interfere with the truth. We have to wait at least for the preliminary report of the investigating commission. Ukraine is confident that Iran will allow Ukrainian experts to analyze the ‘ black boxes’ of the sinister Boeing
I ask everyone, especially when Ukraine is in a war of information, to refrain from manipulation, speculation, conspiracy theories and unverified hypotheses, «he said.
Zelenski has indicated that the accident investigation will be carried out in accordance with international standards. The Government of Iran has said Thursday that the accident was caused by a «technical defect» of the aircraft and has ensured that it is willing to deliver the two ‘black boxes’ of the wrecked plane to Ukraine for investigation.
167 passengers and nine crew members were on board the aircraft, with nationalities from Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom. The 176 occupants of the plane died in the air accident.