Ukraine seeks objective investigation UIA plane crash near Tehran – Kryklii

Ukraine seeks objective investigation UIA plane crash near Tehran – Kryklii

The Ukrainian investigation has not yet received the materials and evidence promised by Iran regarding the investigation into the crash of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 near Tehran, so it calls on partners to support it in seeking justice and an objective investigation into the case.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii said this at the first Safer Skies Forum, the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry's press service reported.

"We have actively supported and facilitated the technical investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by the Dutch Safety Board. In addition, Ukraine is actively involved in the investigation into the downing of UIA flight PS752 by the Islamic Republic of Iran. We appreciate the support of our partners from Canada, the United States, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and other countries, which helped achieve results in investigating the MH17 crash. At the same time, the Ukrainian investigation has not yet received the materials and evidence promised by Iran regarding the investigation into the PS752 plane crash. That is why I ask our partners to support Ukraine in its pursuit of justice. We are all interested in an objective investigation into this case," Kryklii said.

According to him, based on the results of the final report on the MH17 disaster investigation, Ukraine and other states actively participated in the development by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of new standards and recommendations for airspace management and air navigation information, which take into account risk assessment in conflict zones.

"According to the improved documents, based on our own experience, we have made the necessary changes to national legislation and internal regulations for aviation entities, including aircraft operators and air navigation suppliers. In particular, we have implemented specific guidelines for assessing the level of threat to civil aviation security in Ukraine. This applies to flights over or near conflict zones, as well as intentional or unintentional attacks on civil aircraft. We have also developed and implemented procedures for determining the airspace where flights of civilian aircraft are prohibited or restricted under certain conditions due to threats arising in a conflict zone," he said.

Kryklii said that Ukraine was continuously taking measures to improve the procedures and technical components of Civil-Military ATM Coordination, in particular with the aim of early warning and prompt response to threats. Moreover, in order to take appropriate security measures, Ukrainian experts constantly analyze and evaluate information on the situation in conflict zones in other countries.

"We fully and unconditionally support the initiative to develop best practices for managing the risks associated with conflict zones, both worldwide and at the national level, as well as at the state and local levels," he said.

Following the forum, its participants made a joint statement to improve the safety of civil flights.

On January 8, 2020, a UIA passenger plane was shot down by two surface-to-air missiles shortly after taking off from Tehran airport. The plane crash killed 176 passengers and crew members, including 11 Ukrainians. Tehran denied the missile strike for three days, but eventually stated that "human error" was behind the tragedy.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office launched criminal proceedings for premeditated murder, destruction of property and violation of air traffic safety rules.


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