OTTAWA: Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau asked Iran to explain why black boxes from the Ukrainian Jetliner that was downed in Tehran by the Iranian Military still hasn’t been handed over to the UN Aviation Council.
Garneau voiced his questions and concerns to the International Civil Aviation Organization in a speech on Wednesday. He recounted how it had been 92 days since Iran was asked by the UN agency to hand over the black boxes from the crash and no response was received.
In the speech, Garneau said, “Canada would appreciate an update to this council from Iran on its plans to transfer the flight recorders as a demonstration of continued commitment to a full and transparent investigation.”
The plane crash killed all 176 passengers and crew of whom many were on their journey back from December holidays. Among the 176 passengers killed there were 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. At first, Iran denied having connections to the crash and later admitted to having “mistaken” the plane for an unfriendly object and shot due to military hostilities with America.
ran’s representative Farhad Parvaresh had told the UN Aviation council members in a previous meeting that Iran would hand over the black boxes for investigations surrounding the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. No such response of action was taken by any member.
Once received, the data was to be analyzed in Ukraine in the presence of Canadian officials and then moved to France if a complete analysis could not be conducted.
Canada fully expects Iran to live up to its commitment and the ICAO standards set out in Annex 13
Garneau said, “While we recognize the impact of the global pandemic, Canada fully expects Iran to live up to its commitment and the ICAO standards set out in Annex 13. We expect the analysis of the flight recorders be done as soon as possible, and in a way that protects the health of all technical experts.”
For over 2 months Iran insisted France send the required technology to analyze the damaged boxes however, France refused.
In February, Prime Minister Trudeau proposed an initiative of safer skies for civil aircraft in areas of a military conflict at the Munich Security Conference. The ICAO is considering the proposal.
READ MORE: First Country to Eradicate Coronavirus
“Our common goal is to ensure the world never lives through a similar tragedy again,” said Garneau. The ICAO is working on pushing the strategy for safer skies forward, however, no public data is yet available.