Canada Doubts Credibility of Iran's Report on Downing of Ukrainian Plane, Foreign Minister Says

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On 8 January, a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was downed shortly after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 176 people on board. Iranian authorities later said that the jet had been unintentionally shot down after military personnel confused it with a hostile target amid fears of US strikes.

Canada is not completely convinced by the results of Iran's interim report on the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in January, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Monday.

"It's not just the result of human error - I think that would be an oversimplification of what really happened", the official stated in an interview with Reuters.

Earlier the same day, Canada's Transportation Safety Board told the CBC that the cockpit voice data from the downed Ukrainian jet had been successfully downloaded.

FILE PHOTO: Red Crescent workers check the debris from the Ukraine International Airlines plane, that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/File Photo - Sputnik International
Iran Won't Give Ukraine Black Boxes From Crashed Airliner, Reports Suggest

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Kiev is waiting for the decoding results of the black boxes from the Ukrainian plane downed near Tehran from France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety.

Earlier this month, Ukraine, Canada, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, and Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in talks with Iran about the downed aircraft.

On 8 January, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukraine International Airlines crashed soon after departing from an airport in Tehran. Citizens of Iran, Canada, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom were among the 176 passengers and crew who died. Iran later revealed that its military had shot the plane down by accident.

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