USA safety agency joins probe of Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

USA safety agency joins probe of Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

While Iran call the accusation "illogical", the United States assessment is based on satellites picking up two missile launches in the area directly before the crash, while they say there were also missile fragments found at the crash site.

Although Iran made use of all its facilities to examine the content of the black box inside the country, the content will be sent to France so that any possible damage to the data would be avoided, Hassan Rezaeifar told state news agency IRNA.

A statement from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "Given the body of information that UIA Flight 752 was shot down by an Iranian Surface to Air Missile, and the heightened tensions, we are now advising British nationals not to travel to Iran". The black boxes - that are actually bright orange - are seen sitting inside a crate, handled by the officials with the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO).

The airliner could have been mistaken for a threat, said four USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.

Iran, which has denied the Boeing 737-800 was downed by a missile, said it could take one or two months to extract information from the voice and flight data recorders.

The jet crashed on Wednesday near Tehran's shortly after takeoff, killing all 176 people on board.

The timing: The plane crashed when Iran's military was doubtless on high alert for a possible retaliation by the USA, just hours after Iran fired missiles at American targets in the US.

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Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh said Friday he was "certain" a Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran this week was not hit by a missile.

"The families of the victims want answers, Canadians want answers, I want answers", he said.

"The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile".

Iran's foreign ministry earlier invited United States plane maker Boeing to "participate" in the probe.

There is no need to score a direct hit, and a stricken plane may look like it is turning back when in fact it is disintegrating.

Ukraine said Iranian authorities allowed Ukrainian investigators to examine fragments of the plane late on Thursday.

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