Ukraine in­sists Iran hand over jet’s black boxes

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Kiev, Ukraine - Ukraine in­sisted that Iran hand over the black box flight recorders of a pas­sen­ger plane mis­tak­enly shot down by Ira­nian forces.

Iran’s Min­is­ter of Roads and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Mo­ham­mad Es­lami was in Kiev on Mon­day and set to hold talks with Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­sky, the pres­i­dency said.

He had come to ‘of­fi­cially apol­o­gise’ af­ter Iran ad­mit­ted that it mis­tak­enly shot down a Ukrainian pas­sen­ger plane, For­eign Min­is­ter Vadym Prys­taiko said. “We hope that we would be able... to dis­cuss prac­ti­cal is­sues in­clud­ing the re­turn of the black boxes,” Prys­taiko said. “On the part of Iran, this will be proof of the readi­ness for open di­a­logue.”

The Kiev-bound Ukraine In­ter­na­tional Air­lines Boe­ing 737 crashed shortly af­ter tak­ing off from Tehran on Jan­uary 8, killing all 176 peo­ple on board, mostly Ira­nian and Cana­dian cit­i­zens.

Tehran ad­mit­ted sev­eral days later it had ac­ci­den­tally shot down the plane.

On Fri­day, Prys­taiko said Tehran was ‘ready’ to hand over the flight recorders to Kiev but an Ira­nian of­fi­cial later an­nounced that his coun­try in­tended to keep the black boxes ‘for now’.

Canada on Sun­day re­peated its re­quest that Iran quickly hand over the black boxes to France or Ukraine.

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