Iran to send black boxes of downed Ukraine jet to France

The Boeing 737 was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s airport on January 8. (File/AFP)
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Updated 26 June 2020

Iran to send black boxes of downed Ukraine jet to France

  • Iran has requested help with repairing and downloading data from the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752
  • The Boeing 737 was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s airport on January 8

PARIS: Iran will send to France next month the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger jet that Tehran’s armed forces mistakenly shot down in January, killing all 176 people on board, French aviation investigators said Friday.
Iran has requested help with repairing and downloading data from the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority tweeted.
“Technical work (is) planned to start July 20... The safety investigation is led by Iran,” it added.
The Boeing 737 was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s airport on January 8.
The Islamic republic admitted days later that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound jetliner.
Many of the passengers on board were Canadian, and Ottawa has demanded for months that Iran — which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes — send the items abroad so that their content can be analyzed.
The black boxes are expected to contain information about the last moments before the aircraft was struck.
Iran has said the delay in sending the boxes was caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen most international flights canceled.


UK PM says schools must open in September

Updated 09 August 2020

UK PM says schools must open in September

  • A study has warned that Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 this winter if schools open without an improved test-and-trace system
  • The government wants all pupils to return to school by early September

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted they would be able to operate safely despite the ongoing threat from the pandemic.
His comments follow a study earlier this month which warned that Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if schools open without an improved test-and-trace system.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson said restarting schools was a national priority. Schools would be the last places to close in future local lockdowns, he was quoted by another newspaper as telling a meeting on Thursday.
Schools in England closed in March during a national lockdown, except for the children of key workers, and reopened in June for a small number of pupils.
The government wants all pupils to return to school by early September in what Johnson has called a “national priority.”
“Keeping our schools closed a moment longer than absolutely necessary is socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible,” Johnson wrote.
The economic costs for parents who cannot work if schools are shut are spiralling, and the country faces big problems if children miss out on education, the prime minister warned.
“This pandemic isn’t over, and the last thing any of us can afford to do is become complacent. But now that we know enough to reopen schools to all pupils safely, we have a moral duty to do so,” he wrote.
The Sunday Times newspaper reported that he has ordered a public relations campaign to ensure schools open on time and told the meeting last week that they should be the last places to close behind restaurants, pubs and shops.