Pilots of plane that crashed in Iran would not have called for help
The British government has said it is investigating “very disturbing” reports of the plane crash in Iran when media reports suggest the plane may have been hit by a missile.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said that “the information we have seen is very disturbing and we are analyzing it urgently.”
The plane of the carrier Ukraine International Airlines crashed Wednesday, shortly after taking off from Tehran airport, killing the 176 people on board, including 63 Canadians.
Ukrainian officials say they are studying several theories, including a missile attack.
Johnson spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday and demanded a “full, credible and transparent investigation,” said Downing Street.
Meanwhile, an initial report by Iranian investigators released on Thursday says the crew of the Boeing 737-800 did not use the radio to call for help.
Iranian Civil Aviation Organization investigators add that shortly before the plane’s crash and crash, the pilots attempted to take it back to Tehran Imam-Khomeini International Airport from where it had just taken off . The plane crashed at Shahedshahr, in an agricultural area on the outskirts of Tehran.
In their opinion, a sudden incident occurred on board the aircraft, but they did not provide further explanation.
The report quotes witnesses, including crew members of another plane, who said they saw the plane in flames before its crash which caused a huge explosion.
The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization confirms that the two black boxes of the plane have been recovered, but that they are damaged and that part of their data was destroyed by the crash.
The President of Ukraine has announced that Ukrainian investigators have arrived in Iran to participate in the investigation. He also said that he intended to contact his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to discuss the progress of the investigation.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that 138 passengers on the plane were to Canada for their final destination. Among the 63 Canadian victims, at least five resided in Quebec.