According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, 82 of the victims were from Iran, 63 were Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, three Germans, and three Britons.
According to many reports following the crash, the Boeing 737 plane suffered “technical issues” and crashed shortly after take-off.
But did the Boeing 737 plane crash because of “technical issues,” or was it hit by an Iranian missile, as many are speculating?
According to Reuters -It was a Kiev-based Ukraine International Airlines’ first fatal accident. The carrier said it was doing everything possible to confirm the cause, and the investigation would also involve Boeing and national authorities.
Under international rules, Iran has responsibility for investigating the crash.
Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said one of the plane’s two black boxes had been found. Semi-official news agency Mehr quoted the head of the country’s civil aviation authority as saying Iran would not give the recorder to Boeing.
Reuters reports – Iran will not give the black box of the crashed Ukrainian airliner to planemaker Boeing, the head of Tehran’s civil aviation organization was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Ali Abedzadeh also said it was not clear which country Iran would send the box to so that its data could be analyzed, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
Here is one of the videos that emerged after the horrific crash:
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Here is a Reuters photo of the crash.