Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov has been invited to visit Tehran to join an Iranian probe into the downing of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 in Iran on January 8, 2020.
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani in a telephone conversation with Danilov said Iran was ready to resume cooperation and investigate the disaster jointly with Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian TSN TV news service.
Danilov, in turn, called on Iran to expedite the investigation.
According to local publications, Iran wants to smooth out all misunderstandings and is interested in international cooperation within the probe.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv-bound UIA flight PS752 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in the early hours of January 8. It was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members on board. Two passengers and the crew members were Ukrainians. There were also 82 citizens of Iran, 63 citizens of Canada, 10 citizens of Sweden, four citizens of Afghanistan, three citizens of Germany and the United Kingdom each. There were no survivors.
On January 11, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani officially admitted that the Ukrainian airliner had been shot down by accident as a result of a "human error" and that those responsible would be held accountable.
On February 2, intercepted communications between Tehran Airport's air traffic control tower and the second pilot of Iran's Aseman Airlines flight at the time of the crash of flight PS752 were released by TSN.Tyzhden. Tehran blamed the Ukrainian authorities for leaking what it described as confidential evidence, and said it would no longer share investigation materials with Ukraine.
Tehran has not yet handed over the PS752 black boxes to Kyiv, although the Iranian authorities do not have equipment to analyze them.