UIA plane crash: Ukraine informs ICAO about its position on Iran’s report

UIA plane crash: Ukraine informs ICAO about its position on Iran’s report

Ukraine informed the International Civil Aviation Organization about its position on Iran’s technical report on the causes of the crash of Flight PS752.

"In his speech at the ICAO Council meeting, Representative of Ukraine to ICAO Andriy Shevchenko stressed that the document did not meet the requirements of the Chicago Convention," Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry posted on Facebook.

It is noted that the report does not answer two key questions: what caused the tragedy and how to avoid it in the future.

“This is not the spirit of cooperation that the aviation community needs. How can we send flights to the Iranian sky again? How does all this comply with ICAO principles? Does all this make civil aviation safer?” the Ukrainian representative said.

The Foreign Ministry emphasizes that Ukraine will seek truth and responsibility to honor the memory of the victims and ensure the safety of future flights.

As reported, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called Iran's report an attempt to hide the real causes of the UIA plane crash in January 2020.

On March 17, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization released the final report on the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020. The report blamed an error by an air defence operator for the accidental downing of the Ukrainian plane.

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport. There were 176 people on board – nine crew members (all Ukrainians) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK).

On January 11, Iran admitted that its military had accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accepted full responsibility for the downing of the Ukrainian airliner.

On February 20, 2021, Iran announced the completion of the investigation into this case.


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