Ukraine asks Iran to return black boxes from crashed plane

Reuters

Posted at Jan 15 2020 04:34 PM

KIEV - Ukraine's prosecutor's office and security service have asked Iranian authorities to give Kiev black boxes from the crashed Ukrainian plane, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

A top Ukraine security official said this week that a senior investigator from Iran was expected to visit Ukraine soon and determine whether a Ukrainian laboratory would be suitable to work on the black boxes. 

Iran earlier admitted it had shot down the plane by accident as it had flown close to a sensitive military site belonging to the elite Revolutionary Guards.

All 176 on board were killed. 

The incident followed Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq- its response to America's assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani near the Baghdad airport on January 3.