On Sunday (23rd August 2020), the country of Iran brought to light that the black box of Ukraine jet shows that the plane was hit by two missiles with a gap of 25 seconds. It also stated that the passengers were still to be found alive after the impact of the first hit. These statements as issued by the head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran are the first report obtained from the black box recordings. The recording had been sent to France for reading in the month of July.
Earlier this year on 28th January, just after the Ukraine jet took off from Tehran, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot the passenger plane down through their ground to air missile and all 176 that were aboard the had succumbed to the impact.
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Tehran however termed the incident to be a “disastrous accident” that took place amid the tension between Tehran and the United States.
As reported by the state television Touraj Dehghani-Zanganeh had said “ nineteen seconds after the first missile hit the plane, the voices of pilots inside the cockpit indicated that the passengers were alive … 25 seconds later the second missile hit the plane”.
The state television further reported Touraj Dehghani-Zanganeh to be stating that the second missile had hit Ukraine jet after a brief gap of 25 seconds however on recording only a 19-second gap has been captured due to the damage by the initial impact.
Following the accident, Iran has been in regular touch with Ukraine, Canada as well other nations whose citizens had been aboard the plane along with those who demand a meticulous investigation into the matter. The investigation led by Iran is being carried out in accordance with the aviation rules of the United Nations. Iranian as well as Ukrainian officials have been in talks with the families of victims regarding compensation and another set of talks has been scheduled in October.
The probe into the downing of Ukraine Jet solely serves the purpose of preventing further such accidents and is entirely separate from any judicial proceedings however the probe has led to a lot of internal disturbances in Iran. Over 20 people till now have been put behind bars to serve a term of 20 years for being involved in peaceful protests against the downing of plane.
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