Ball is rolling on Ukrainian plane crash in Iran investigation and some afﬁrmations are controversial. Yesterday, US, Canadian and British ofﬁcials said intelligence shows the plane was mistakenly shot down by surface-to-air missiles.
It was said the plane was hit with two Russian made SA-15 missiles. A spokesman for the Iranian government said these reports are “a big lie.” Senior Iranian Civil Aviation Authority ofﬁcials said it could take one or two months to extract the data from the black boxes. Many expert groups have been set up to investigate the crash. „We have to look for the cause of the ﬁre,” the head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority, Ali Abedzadeh, said at a news conference in Tehran. The European Commission has called for an “independent and credible” probe into the Iran crash. The Commission “stands ready to provide any necessary assistance” to the authorities involved in the investigation.
The remains of the victims of Wednesday’s plane crash have been sent to a forensic lab for DNA testing. The evaluation of the black boxes from the Boeing 737 that crashed will begin in Mehrabad Airport laboratory, according to the head of the Accidents Investigation Board of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization. France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) said Friday it will have a representative in the Iran air crash investigation. After all, 176 people were killed and answers are needed not only for families.