Ukraine aircraft with experts probing PS752 crash to return from Iran after completion of procedures

10:18, 13 January 2020
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The PS752 crash site / REUTERS

"The Defense Ministry's aircraft will return from Tehran only after the completion of all procedures and when we can take away the bodies of all 11 Ukrainian citizens killed in the plane crash. All the experts necessary for this will work until the end," Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov said on Facebook on January 12.

"If necessary, additional forces will be sent" to Iran, he added.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday, 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.

A transport aircraft of Ukraine's Armed Forces with 45 experts involved in the probe into the PS752 crash and the identification of the victims' bodies departed from Ukraine late on the same day. The expert group included members of the State Emergency Service, the Defense Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council, the State Aviation Administration, the National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation of Ukraine and UIA experts.

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."

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