Jan 21, 2020 13:13 UTC
  • Iran civil aviation body issues 2nd report on Ukraine jetliner tragedy

Iran’s civil aviation agency has released its second preliminary investigative report on the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran earlier this month.

According to Press TV, the report, published by the Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO.IRI) includes detailed technical information about the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.

According to the report, the Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 took off from runway 29R at Imam Khomenei International Airport at 06:12 a.m. local time on January 8 and was then delivered to approach unit at Mehrabad Airport in the capital.

From 06.18 a.m. onward, the radar controller repeatedly tried to contact the pilot as the flight information was lost, but he received no answer, it added.

The radar data showed the plane was flying at an altitude of 8,100 feet, but the aircraft identification and altitude information later disappeared from the radar screen, and no radio messages were received from the pilot regarding unusual circumstances.

After samples were examined at the crash site, the possibility of laser and electromagnetic (radioactive) rays having hit the aircraft was excluded.

Samples were also tested at laboratories to look for traces of explosives both inside and outside the aircraft.

According to the report, preliminary examinations suggest the need for the plane wreck to be subjected to thorough investigation for possible traces of explosives.

The report further noted that the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder — commonly known as black boxes — feature cutting-edge technology and Iran lacks the technical facilities to decode them.

“If devices are provided, the information (on the black boxes) can be restored and retrieved in a short period of time,” it added.

Iran's civil aviation agency has requested French and US accident investigation agencies, the BEA and NTSB, respectively, to provide a list of the equipment required to decode the black boxes and to examine the possibility of transferring them to Iran.

However, it pointed out, neither organization has “so far responded positively” to the request, adding Iran is considering the purchase of those equipment.

The report emphasized that Ukraine’s team of investigators, under the supervision of an Iranian team, were inspecting the plane wreck to assess the impact of any foreign object debris, or FOD.