Canada wants to involve in UIA Boeing 737 crash investigation

Ottawa, Canada - Canada expects to be able to make a significant contribution to the investigation of the UIA Flight 752, which crashed on Jan. 8 near the Iranian capital Tehran.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country is very experienced in investigating such disasters.

Besides 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Sweden, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 British, there were 63 Canadians aboard the crashed Ukrainian Boeing 737-800.

The question here is whether Iran will allow Canada to take part in the investigation process. There is no diplomatic relation between the two countries since 2012.

After the crash, Iranian authorities were remarkably quick to report that there could be a technical problem with the aircraft's one of the engines.

The Ukrainian embassy in Tehran initially said that terrorism would be excluded as the reason of the crash, but later withdrew that statement.

According to Iranian media, both 'black boxes' have been found. They may provide more clarity about the cause of the crash. The Iranian state news agency IRNA reported that the pilots did not make an emergency call before the crash.

Ali Abedzadeh, head of the Iran's National Aviation Authority, said that the Kyiv-bound Boeing 737-800 plane was on fire immediately before the crash according to eyewitnesses.

The plane initially headed westward, turning right after the problem and was on its way back to a nearby airport at the time of the crash, Abedzadeh added.

The investigation will be led by the Iranian authorities along with the civil aviation officials of Ukraine. Boeing and engine manufacturer CFM International will also take part in the process.

Normally the safety authority of the country where the aircraft was built is also involved in the investigation. In this case, it is the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), but it is presumably not allowed by the Iranian authorities due to the ongoing conflict between the two countries.