US has given 'important data' on Iran plane crash: Ukraine Foreign Minister

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 10, 2020, 05.27 PM(IST)

Red Crescent workers check the debris from the Ukraine International Airlines plane, that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran. Photograph:( Reuters )

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"President Volodymyr Zelensky and I met with US representatives," Prystaiko said in a post on Twitter. "We have received important data which will be processed by our experts."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko on Friday said that US officials have handed Kiev "important data" on its plane crash in Iran and "it will be processed" by its experts.

"President Volodymyr Zelensky and I met with US representatives," Prystaiko said in a post on Twitter. "We have received important data which will be processed by our experts."

On Wednesday, the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing went down outside Tehran shortly after take-off. The crash killed all 176 people who were on board including many Iranians and Canadians.

The crash came shortly after Tehran launched missiles at bases in Iraq housing American troops to avenge the US killing of a top Iranian general last week.

As investigators are following several leads including technical malfunction, an act of terror many experts suggest that missile strike by Iran may have led to the crash. Iran meanwhile as said that it is certain that the aircraft was not hit by a missile.

"For the moment we are working on seven different versions of the event that took place in Iran," news agency AFP quoted Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's national security and defence council (RNBO), as saying.

Earlier, Britain and Canada also claimed that intelligence sources suggested a catastrophic error by Iranian air defence batteries had crashed the aircraft.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump also said that he has his suspicion on Iran over the plane tragedy.

"I have my suspicions," Trump. "It was flying in a pretty rough neighbourhood and somebody could have made a mistake."

"Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don't think that's even a question," Trump said, adding that "something very terrible happened."