Iran: Covid-19 outbreak delays investigation into downed Ukrainian flight

The Guardian – Canada asks Tehran to delay black box data download until travel restrictions for their experts to take part are lifted

The Covid-19 pandemic will delay the investigation into the downing of a Ukrainian international flight over Iran, after Canada asked Tehran to delay downloading data on the black boxes due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Iran agreed in March to hand over the black boxes from Flight 752 to Ukraine or France for analysis – a move welcomed by Canada and Ukraine.

The boxes are expected to contain information about the last moments before the Ukraine International Airlines jetliner was struck by a missile and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran airport on 8 January.

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