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Didn't expect it? Iran may ask Americans for help in crash

Time: January 9, 2020 15:14:53 China Finance
Original title: Didn't expect it? Iran may ask Americans for help in the crash ...
Under the tension between the United States and Iran, the Iranian crash can be described as confusing and various rumours have arisen. According to two people familiar with the matter, Iran will next or seek foreign investigators, including the United States, to assist in investigating a serious crash of a passenger plane near Tehran on Wednesday under an international agreement.

This is a common practice after the crash, involving the countries that produced the aircraft involved in the investigation. The crashed plane was an American-made Boeing 737-800.

The investigation of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was full of difficulties and complexities, and it crashed from the air a few minutes after taking off.

Prior to the crash, Iran attacked two Iraqi military bases with missiles in retaliation for the U.S. drone attack last week that killed a senior Iranian general. U.S. forces are stationed at both of the attacked military bases.

Although an initial Iranian report suggested that a fire in the engine could have been the cause of the crash, some aviation safety experts said the plane suddenly fell and was apparently engulfed by the fire, possibly due to a bomb or missile attack.

According to data from the tracking website FlightRadar24, the aircraft rose normally until it reached an altitude of 7900 feet (2408 meters), and then suddenly stopped transmitting and positioning. A source familiar with the data said that the passenger plane was equipped with equipment to communicate with the airline, and it showed that the aircraft was operating normally until the transmission of positioning was stopped. The airline said in a statement that the investigation would include representatives of Iran, Boeing, the airline and the Ukrainian National Aviation Accident Investigation Agency.

"We are ready to help in any way we need," Boeing said in a statement.

☆ U.S. Law may become a hindrance Although Iran seems to be seeking self-certification innocence, U.S. law may be an obstacle to this state of affairs.

U.S. agencies, including the National Transportation Safety Board, are considering whether it is legal to engage with Iranian authorities under the terms of U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran. People familiar with the matter said that due to the confrontation between the two countries, the United States was also worried about the safety of sending investigators to Iran.

Under the leadership of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization, the crash investigation was conducted by the country where the accident occurred. In addition, manufacturing countries of aircraft and key components are allowed to participate in the investigation. A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity on the grounds of not being authorized to speak, said Iran had notified the United Nations agency of the accident within hours of the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board usually participates in dozens of crash investigations worldwide under the ICAO Annex 13 treaty procedure.

Two people familiar with the matter said that briefing ICAO indicated that Iran may be willing to ask the United States to assist in the air crash investigation. But the signals from Iran are mixed, for example, some officials have been quoted as saying they would not allow Americans to analyze the plane's two collision avoidance flight recorders.

Due to a long ban on doing business in Iran, U.S. law also bans the National Transportation Safety Board from working in Iran. The commission occasionally assists in investigating accidents there, but must obtain special permission from the U.S. Treasury. Obtaining such approvals can sometimes take more than a year.

"The National Transportation Safety Board is following developments regarding the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 and following standard procedures for the investigation of international aviation accidents, including long-term restrictions under the embargo," the agency said in a statement via email on Wednesday. . "As part of routine procedures, the National Transportation Safety Board is working with the State Department and other agencies to determine the best course of action."

The US State Department issued a statement offering assistance to Ukraine, but noted that it did not mention helping Iran. "The United States has called for full cooperation in any investigation into the cause of the crash," the State Department said.
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