Iran Not Sharing Evidence From Airline Crash With Ukraine After Audio Leak: Iran Official

By Reuters
February 3, 2020 Updated: February 3, 2020

DUBAI—Iran is no longer sharing evidence from the investigation into the Ukraine airliner crash with Ukraine after audio from the investigation was leaked by Ukrainian media, the director in charge of accident investigations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization was quoted as saying on Monday.

The audio file was part of the evidence that was given to Ukrainian experts as part of the joint investigative team’s examination of the crash.

“The technical investigation team of the Ukrainian airline crash, in a strange move, published the secret audio file of the communications of a pilot of a plane that was flying at the same time as the Ukrainian plane,” Hassan Rezaifar said, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

“This action by the Ukrainians led to us not sharing any more evidence with them.”

More Compensation for Citizens

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Kiev was not satisfied with the amount of compensation Iran had offered to families of Ukrainians killed in the downing of a plane near Tehran last month and would seek more money.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in a file photograph. (Charles Platiau/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“As for the Iranian side, they immediately offered us $80,000 for each family… It is too small. We will press for a larger amount,” Zelensky told Ukrainian “1+1” TV.

The airliner was struck by a missile on Jan. 8 shortly after it left Tehran en route to Kiev. Iran admitted its forces had shot down the Ukraine International Airlines plane in error, after initially denying it had a role in the incident. All 176 people aboard, including 11 Ukrainians, were killed.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh