Compensation talks for victims of downed jetliner to begin in October: Iran

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

Printed Sunday, August 23, 2020 four:45PM EDT

Final Up to date Sunday, August 23, 2020 7:07PM EDT

OTTAWA – The top of Iran’s civil aviation group says his authorities will launch compensation talks in October with Canada and different nations that misplaced residents when the Iranian army shot down a civilian jetliner earlier this 12 months.

Touraj Dehqani Zangeneh made the feedback to Iran’s official information company over the weekend amid new Iranian claims in regards to the circumstances surrounding the downing of Ukraine Worldwide Airways Flight PS752 on Jan. eight.

Talking to the Islamic Republic Information Company, Dehqani Zangeneh stated the Iranian authorities was ready to totally compensate the households of the 176 folks killed within the crash, which included 55 Canadians and 30 everlasting residents.

Iran initially denied accountability earlier than admitting, within the face of mounting proof and worldwide stress, that the aircraft – which was on the primary leg of a flight from Iran to Canada by way of Ukraine – went down after being hit by two Iranian missiles.

“What is clear is that Iran has accepted the accountability for its mistake and due to this fact the nation is prepared for negotiations on paying full compensation for what (it has) executed,” Dehqani Zangeneh was quoted as saying to IRNA.

Canada, together with the opposite nations that misplaced residents on Flight PS752 – Britain, Sweden, Afghanistan and Ukraine – signed an settlement July 2 promising to work collectively to power Iran to pay compensation to the victims’ households.

Information of the deliberate compensation talks got here because the Civil Aviation Group of Iran printed a report on Sunday in regards to the information downloaded from the Boeing 737’s flight and voice recorders.

The so-called black containers have emerged as a focus in efforts to totally perceive the circumstances surrounding the downing of Flight PS752, with Iran dragging its ft for months earlier than lastly transferring them to France for downloading final month.

The recorders had solely 19 seconds of dialog after the primary explosion, based on the report, despite the fact that Dehqani Zangeneh stated the second missile hit the aircraft 25 seconds later.

“Proper after the detonation sound, the three flight crew members contained in the cockpit seen the bizarre state of affairs and instantly started taking actions required to manage the plane accordingly,” based on the civil aviation group report.

“The post-detonation sounds present that every one the three crew members contained in the cockpit had been controlling the state of affairs with none indication of damage/harm to their well being. … As but, there exists no voice or signal revealing the passenger cabin’s situations within the recorded information and audios.”

The Transportation Security Board of Canada confirmed Sunday that it had acquired the report, which chair Kathy Fox described as “in step with info that TSB investigators acquired whereas attending the obtain of the recorders in France.”

“The investigation is much from over,” she added, “as there are nonetheless many key questions that should be answered.”

The TSB stated it should proceed to push for a “thorough, clear and credible security investigation” to find out the sequence of occasions main as much as the downing of Flight PS752 and why Iran did not shut its airspace to civilian planes on the evening of Jan. eight.

The aircraft was shot down shortly after taking off from Tehran’s major airport on the identical evening Iran launched a ballistic missile assault concentrating on U.S. troopers in Iraq – a response to the American drone strike that killed a outstanding Iranian common, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad on Jan. three.

International Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne advised The Canadian Press in an interview Sunday that he was nonetheless being briefed on the findings.

An affiliation representing the households of these killed on board Flight PS752 dismissed Dehqani Zangeneh’s assertion, saying it raised extra questions than solutions, together with why the Iranian anti-aircraft unit fired a second missile on the airliner.

“Our necessary questions concerning the explanation for the delayed takeoff and the pilot’s communications inside that hour, which ought to have been included within the report of the black containers, have additionally been left conspicuously unanswered,” the Affiliation of Households of Flight PS752 Victims stated in an announcement.

Many victims’ households have dismissed from the beginning the Iranian authorities’s claims in regards to the circumstances surrounding the jetliner’s downing, and referred to as as an alternative for an impartial investigation to make sure these accountable are held to account.

They’ve additionally stated that any discuss compensation have to be preceded by uncovering the reality of what occurred.

An Iranian report final month blamed various errors for what it prompt was an avoidable tragedy, beginning with the surface-to-air missile battery that focused the Boeing 737-800 having been relocated and never correctly reoriented.

These manning the missile battery additionally couldn’t talk with their command centre, the report stated. In addition they misidentified the civilian flight as a menace and opened hearth twice with out getting approval from rating officers.

The report didn’t say why the Iranian army moved the air-defence system, however famous the Ukrainian flight had executed nothing out of the abnormal up till the missile launch, with its transponder and different information being broadcast.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Aug. 23, 2020.

-with recordsdata from The Related Press