Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Iran has postponed indefinitely the process of downloading and decrypting flight recorder data from a failed UIA aircraft.
On this subject, writes CBC News.
It should be noted that the head of the Iranian investigation team, Hassan Rezaifar, invited representatives from eight countries to a laboratory in Europe, however, due to the logistical difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, he should postpone the start of work with the “boxes”. “Now, it is not possible for some states to plan a trip because of COVID-19,” said Rezaeifar.
Canadian Transportation Safety Board chief Katie Fox confirmed that Iran extended its invitation last week and that all other countries have responded in the same way: now and for a while, the personal participation will not be possible. “Therefore, the loading and analysis of the recorders should be postponed until conditions improve enough to secure travel. It is not yet possible to predict when this will happen, “said Fox.
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As reported, on January 8, 2020, after departure from Tehran airport. Imam Khomeini was shot down with two missiles by a Ukrainian International Airlines plane. On board were 176 people, all dead. Among them, 11 Ukrainians – two passengers and nine crew members. The passengers on the airliner were citizens of Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.
Last month, an Iranian official from the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to transfer the flight recorders to France or Ukraine for analysis, but so far this has not been done.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru