After Iran releases analysis, Canada presses for answers on downed Ukrainian airplane
Canada is pressing Iran for additional answers over the downing in January of a Ukrainian jetliner, after an announcement by Tehran on Sunday provided “limited and selected information.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has said it accidentally shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 on Jan. 8, mistaking it for a missile at a time when tensions were high between Iran and the US.
Many of the 176 victims killed in the crash were Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or had Canada as their final destination.
Tehran said an analysis from the black boxes of the Ukrainian plane shows it was hit by two missiles 25 seconds apart and that passengers were still alive for some time after the impact of the first blast.
“This preliminary report only provides limited and selected information regarding this tragic event,” Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a statement on Sunday night.
“The report only mentions what transpired after the first missile strike but not the second and only confirms information that we already know.”
The ministers asked why the “missiles were launched in the first place and why the air space was open.”
Earlier on Sunday, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) questioned why commercial airlines continued operating in the area affected by the conflict.
Under UN rules, Iran retains overall control of the investigation while the US and Ukraine are accredited as the countries where the jet was respectively built and operated. Canada has also played a role as the home of many of the victims on the downed plane.
Coronavirus: UAE, Israel health ministers discuss potential COVID-19 cooperationHealth ministers of the UAE and Israel discussed cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, state news agency WAM ... Coronavirus
Bahrain to raise debt ceiling to $40 billion amid coronavirus slowdownBahrain’s government has raised its debt ceiling to 15 billion dinars ($39.79 billion) from 13 billion dinars to help finance public spending, the ... Financial Markets
Saudi Aramco reshuffles management amid coronavirus oil crunchSaudi Aramco reshuffled its senior management and created a division focused on “portfolio optimization” as the world’s biggest oil producer adapts to ... Energy