Iran plane crash: Tor-M1 missiles fired at Ukraine jet

Iran plane crash: Tor-M1 missiles fired at Ukraine jet

Iran plane crash: Tor-M1 missiles fired at Ukraine jet

The Iranian aviation authority confirmed on Tuesday that two missiles shot at a Ukraine International Airlines flight earlier this month.

'Investigators. discovered that two Tor-M1 missiles. were fired at the aircraft, ' it said, adding an investigation was ongoing to assess the bearing their impact had on the accident.

The Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Tehran to Kiev crashed near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all the 176 passengers and crew members on board.

Iran initially denied hat it fired missiles at the plane but following worldwide pressure it later admitted anti-aircraft fire from the country's Revolutionary Guard had been to blame. The report says the figures reflected the passports used by passengers to board the aircraft.

Iran said on Sunday it was trying to analyse the black boxes, denying an earlier report it would hand them to Ukraine. "We will demand the creation of a group that will work together in Iran to collect data, access to all sources of information, negotiations, dispatch data, aviation data, etc.", he said. In particular, this includes returning the black boxes, "said Prystaiko".

The aviation agency said Iran had asked the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety and the French Accident Agency BEA for equipment, but Tehran had not received a positive response.

The crash's victims included 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, heightening calls for an global investigation.

A further delay in sending them overseas is likely to increase worldwide pressure on Iran, whose military has said it shot the plane down by mistake while on high alert in the tense hours after Iran fired missiles at US targets in Iraq.

He said Iran is working to recover the data and cabin recordings, and that it may send the flight recorders to Ukraine or France.

Two unverified photographs purportedly taken near the crash site, also shared on social media, had meanwhile appeared to show the debris of an anti-aircraft missile.

Prystaiko said on January 17 that Iran was ready to hand over the black boxes but Iran later said it has "no plans" to hand them over.

The disaster happened shortly after Iran launched missiles at United States forces in Iraq in response to the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on January 3.

Iran says it will not negotiate with sanctions in place.

The Tor is among the most modern air defense systems Iran has, according to Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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