The senior manager for aviation in Iran, Ali Abedzadeh, says he is 'sure' that a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from the international airport in Tehran, was not hit by a rocket.
It claims otherwise several western governments and security services.
- One thing you can be sure that the aircraft was not hit by a rocket, says Abedzadeh at a press conference in Tehran on Friday.
- the Information in the black boxes is crucial to flyorganisationer can make statements, he says.
He says that the black boxes are found intact after the crash Wednesday morning and is being investigated.
He rejects allegations against Iran even to have shot the Ukrainian airliner with 176 persons on board down.
- All comments submitted, before the data is obtained, is not ekspertmeninger, he says.
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The british and the canadian government has stated that it was a rocket, which got the plane to crash on Wednesday morning. Almost at the same time there appeared a video which appears to show the moment when the plane was hit by a rocket.
the New York Times, has posted the video on its website, saying that it vouches for that it is a correct video. It shows an object that is moving quickly up towards the sky, before there can be seen a flash of light. A few seconds after heard an explosion.
- We have seen some videos. We can confirm that the plane was on fire in the 60 to 70 seconds, " says Abedzadeh.
But "that it was hit by something, can scientifically not be correct', he believes.
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