Iranian Authorities Won’t Hand Over Black Box of Ukraine Plane That Crashed in Iran to Boeing

In the aftermath of a Ukrainian airliner crash, Iranian authorities are reportedly not handing over the plane’s black box to Boeing.

On Wednesday, after the plane took off in Tehran, the airliner crashed in Iran, killing 176 people — including 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, as well as others from different countries — leaving no survivors, as IJR reported.

The plane is a Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, that just had its last maintenance on Jan. 6.

However, authorities in Iran are reportedly not wanting to give the plane’s black box to the manufacturer, which is Boeing, according to Reuters, who quoted Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Tehran’s civil aviation organization. Abedzadeh is also unsure what country the black box will be sent to.

Both of the black boxes for the plane were found. The black box provides flight data and cockpit voice recordings.

Boeing wrote in response to the plane crash early Wednesday on Twitter, “This is a tragic event and our heartfelt thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families. We are in contact with our airline customer and stand by them in this difficult time. We are ready to assist in any way needed.”

As ABC foreign affairs reporter Julia Macfarlane noted, “It is worth remembering that Boeing is America’s largest export firm by dollar value and is a hugely important company to the US.”

The plane crash comes shortly after Iran fired missiles at two military bases where U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq late Tuesday — though officials have not drawn a connection between the plane crash and the missile strike.

However, prior to the Ukrainian airliner crash, major airlines canceled Iraq and Iran flights, as well as re-routed other flights, after the missile strike.


  1. I watched the video of the aircraft taking off, on CNBC, and it appeared to me to be similar to a stinger missile strike. With Boeing being the largest monetary exporter of the US, around 80 Canadian passengers, I believe it is likely, an Iranian shot it down. After killing over 1500 of their own for protesting the regime, what’s a few more of their own people?

  2. They won’t turn it over because i would prove they shot the aircraft down.

  3. It probably reveals the method the Iranians used to shoot it down….

  4. Unfortunately, I think you might find that the plane was mistakingly brought down by the Iranians. What a terrible mistake.

  5. It seems that Iran might have something to hide?????????? Maybe Not, but these black boxes shouldn’t be used in any political argument. If Iran is responsible for this crash then they should pay for it, if not then give over black boxes and let the families know the truth and bury their dead.

  6. Why were there so many Canadians onboard a Ukrainian flight out of teheran curious minds just want to know.

    1. Had the thought from the start!! Being Canadian by birth my mind went…who would want to get on a flight with a Teheran mid-flight landing?? As we say in Canada…No Way Hose Aye!!

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