Iran says black boxes show mis­siles hit 25 sec­onds apart

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DUBAI: Anal­y­sis from the black boxes of a downed Ukrainian pas­sen­ger plane shows it was hit by two mis­siles 25 sec­onds apart and that pas­sen­gers were still alive for some time af­ter the im­pact of the first blast, Iran said on Sun­day.

The an­nounce­ment by the head of Iran's Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion marks the first of­fi­cial re­port on the con­tents of the cock­pit voice and data record­ings, which were sent to France for read­ing in July.

Tehran has said it ac­ci­den­tally shot down the Ukraine air­liner in Jan­uary at a time of ex­treme ten­sions with the United States. All 176 peo­ple aboard the plane were killed.

The sec­ond mis­sile hit the air­craft 25 sec­onds af­ter the first, but only 19 sec­onds of that gap was cap­tured on the record­ings be­cause of dam­age from the first mis­sile, Touraj De­hghani- Zan­ganeh was cited as say­ing by state tele­vi­sion.

"Nine­teen sec­onds af­ter the first mis­sile hit the plane, the voices of pi­lots in­side the cock­pit in­di­cated that the pas­sen­gers were alive ... 25 sec­onds later the sec­ond mis­sile hit the plane," he was re­ported as say­ing. "There­fore, no anal­y­sis of the per­for­mance and ef­fects of the sec­ond mis­sile was ob­tained from the air­craft's black box."

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