Canada: PM Justin Trudeau wants 'full investigation' into plane crash

Reuters Ottawa, Canada Jan 11, 2020, 04.24 PM(IST)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference indicating that a Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran was mistakenly shot down by Iran in Ottawa, Canada. Photograph:( AFP )

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All 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians, were killed in Wednesday's crash after take-off from Tehran. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, responding to Iran's statement that a missile shot down a Ukrainian airliner this week, said on Saturday that his government sought a full investigation and full cooperation from the Iranian authorities.

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All 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians, were killed in Wednesday's crash after take-off from Tehran. Canada had said for several days it believed the plane was downed by an Iranian missile, but until Saturday Iran had denied this.

In a statement issued by his office, Trudeau said that Iran had now acknowledged that the plane was brought down by its own armed forces.

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"Our focus remains closure, accountability, transparency, and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims. This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together," he said.

"We will continue working with our partners around the world to ensure a complete and thorough investigation, and the Canadian government expects full cooperation from Iranian authorities.”