January 23, 2020 / 6:04 PM / 25 days ago

Ukraine awaits decision on sending black boxes from plane downed by Iran to Kiev

FILE PHOTO: General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020 is seen in this screen grab obtained from a social media video via REUTERS

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s security council said on Thursday it was awaiting a decision on whether Tehran will hand over black boxes of the Ukrainian airliner it downed after an Iranian team presents its report to authorities in Tehran.

The security council said experts from Iran, Canada and France have all studied the possibility of decoding the black boxes in Kiev.

The airliner was struck by a missile on Jan. 8 shortly after it left Tehran en route to Kiev. Iran admitted it had shot down the Ukraine International Airlines plane in error, after initially denying it had a role in the incident. All 176 people aboard, including 57 Canadians, were killed.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Andrey Ostroukh, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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