In the events following the missile attacks by Iran against US bases in Iraq, one of the most mysterious occurrences was the downing of a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran hours after the missiles hit their targets.
The crash ended up killing all 176 passengers.
It was initially unknown how the it went down, but initial reports were saying it was engine failure.
Interestingly, reports are now being released saying Iran is refusing to hand over the black boxes recovered from the wreckage.
Iran’s civil aviation organization has said that it will not hand over to Boeing the black box of the Ukrainian airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeni airport on Wednesday morning.
Both black boxes were found Wednesday, Iranian state television has reported. An Iranian official was quoted as saying both boxes were damaged but that it was believed their data could still be retrieved.–Jerusalem Post.
While engine failure was cited for the crash, the Ukrainian embassy to Iran later issued a new statement on the cmwhich omitted engine failure as a cause, saying that any previous statements on the cause of the crash had not been official.
Video footage of the flight shows that it was on fire shortly after taking off, crashing shortly thereafter. All 176 people on board were killed.
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