ICAO Council states have urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to expedite the accident investigation into the tragic downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.
On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board. 55 of the 176 who died were Canadian.
In August, a black box recorder recovered from the crash site of the passenger jet revealed that there was a conversation in the cockpit following the first missile strike, indicating that pilots and passengers were alive before a second missile hit 25 seconds later. Details of the conversation have not been disclosed.
Iran initially denied responsibility for the incident, but later admitted it had shot down the Boeing 737 “unintentionally”, and said it was a “disastrous mistake” by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Diplomats from the 36 countries expressed their support for the calls on Iran subsequent to the latest report on the topic from ICAO Council President, Salvatore Sciacchitano, and a related intervention from Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau.
“We have had several exchanges with the Iranian CAA in which we urged its authorities to expedite the accident investigation in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 provisions,” Sciacchitano advised the Council State diplomats.
Annex 13 encourages an accident’s final report to be issued within 12 months of the accident occurrence.
“It should also be recalled that a team composed of ICAO Secretariat experts was established immediately following the accident in order to support the investigation,” underscored President Sciacchitano, “and that the Council had earlier endorsed the ‘Safer Skies’ initiative presented by Canada following the downing of flight PS752, and aimed at enhancing safety over hazardous or conflict zones.”
Both President Sciacchitano and Minister Garneau drew reference to the grief and expectations being directly communicated to them by the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims.
Minister Garneau also appreciated the work of the ICAO Council and Secretariat aimed at expediting the investigation, and more specifically the readout of the PS752 flight and voice recorders.
Canada also invited the Council State Representatives to join them at the first international ‘Safer Skies Forum’ on conflict zones, which it is convening this coming December, and where President Sciacchitano will deliver the keynote remarks.