Iran indicts 10 officials over Ukrainian plane crash

TEHRAN, Jan. 22, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Jan. 8, 2020 shows rescuers working at the crash site of the Ukrainian passenger plane in Parand district, southern Tehran, Iran. Iran has asked the French and U.S. accident investigation agencies, the BEA and NTSB respectively, for the equipment to decode the black box of the crashed Ukrainian plane, Press TV reported on Tuesday. On Jan. 8, the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Tehran to Kiev crashed near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all the passengers and crew members on board.

Tehran, (Asian independent) Iran has indicted 10 officials for their involvement in the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran last year.

“The necessary conclusions will be drawn in court,” Xinhua news agency quoted military prosecutor for Tehran Province Gholamabbas Torki as saying on Tuesday.

Last month, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) published its final report on the Ukrainian passenger plane’s crash, identifying a “mistake” by the air defence operator as the cause of the incident.

“The plane was identified as a hostile target by the operator of an air defecse system stationed around Tehran, and two missiles were fired at it,” the CAO said in the preface of its 285-page report.

The Ukrainian aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, was shot down on January 8, 2020 shortly after taking off from Tehran by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps with two missiles, killing all 176 people on board.

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