Iran invites Boeing to probe plane crash that killed 176

Iran invites Boeing to probe plane crash that killed 176
People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 10 January 2020

Iran invites Boeing to probe plane crash that killed 176

Iran invites Boeing to probe plane crash that killed 176
  • Western leaders said the plane appeared to have been unintentionally hit by a missile
  • ranian ambassador to the UK denied on Friday reports that Iran had bulldozed the crash site

TEHRAN: Iran's state media say authorities have invited Boeing to take part in the investigation into a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed, killing all 176 people on board.

The move came after Western leaders said the plane appeared to have been unintentionally hit by a missile amid soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran, something Iran denies.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman on Friday as saying Iran "has invited both Ukraine and the Boeing company to participate in the investigations.”

The spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, says it will also welcome experts from other countries' whose citizens died in the crash.

Meanwhile, the Iranian ambassador to the UK denied on Friday reports that Iran had bulldozed the crash site.

Hamid Baeidinejad, who tweeted an excerpt from a Sky News report, said such reports were "absolutely absurd".