“Black box is an inseparable part of investigations into the incident and the incident has happened in Iran and the Iran Civil Aviation Organization is responsible to probe the incident, and this [investigation] is underway, and the hardware and software needed is being prepared,” Eslami told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting, elaborating on the latest developments with regard to the decoding and downloading the data of the Ukrainian plane’s black box.
He noted that a delegation from Ukraine has traveled to Iran to review the documents and evidence, ensuring that an international group of investigators from all the countries involved in the incident, including Ukraine, will be present in investigations into the incident as required by rules and regulations.
The Ukrainian airliner was struck by a missile inadvertantly on Jan. 8 shortly after it left Tehran’s International Imam Khomeini Airport for Kiev. Iran admitted it had shot down the Ukrainian plane in error. All 180 people onboard, including nationals of five foreign states of Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and Britain, lost their lives.
The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said in a statement on Saturday that the Ukrainian Boeing 737 plane was shot down as a hostile object due to human error at a time of heightened US threats of war.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a message on Saturday extended his condolences again on the death of the Ukrainian plane’s passengers, and ordered the Armed Forces to take the needed measures to find faults and flaws that have led to the bitter incident and prevent repetition of similar incidents in future.
Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended condolences to the families of those killed in the Ukrainian plane incident, and promised that all those who have been guilty in the unforgivable mistake of shooting down the jet will be prosecuted.
Russian State Duma (parliament’s lower house) Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin blamed the United States for the exacerbation of tensions in the Middle East that led to the launch of the Iranian missile at the passenger plane of the Ukraine International Airlines near Tehran.
Iran’s forensics organization announced on Sunday that its experts have so far identified 169 bodies of people who were killed in the Ukrainian plane incident and delivered 150 of them to the families.
The organization said in a statement that 169 bodies have been identified in its diagnosis and laboratorial center, 150 of whom have been delivered to the families.
It added that bodies of all those victims whose relatives have come to the forensics organization for DNA sampling or sent their genetics profile to the organization have been identified.