Iranian Aviation Authority: Flight 752 Passengers Were Alive After First Missile

  • The Iranian Aviation Authority says that until the IRGC's second missile, the flight variables were normal.
  • A spokesman for the families of the victims called the report "a ridiculous display of secrecy and lies."
  • The Tehran-Kyiv flight was shot down on December 7, minutes after it was bombed by Revolutionary Guards missiles.

Tooraj Zanganeh, head of the Civil Aviation Authority and deputy minister of roads and urban development of Iran, said in a press conference: “Nineteen seconds after the first missile hit the plane, the voices of pilots inside the cockpit, indicated that the passengers were alive, 25 seconds later the second missile hit the plane.”

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Tehran to Kiev operated by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA).

The Iranian Aviation Authority says that until the IRGC’s second missile, the flight variables were normal, but from 19 seconds onwards, no information was recorded in the black box. A spokesman for the families of the victims called the report “a ridiculous display of secrecy and lies.”

The first official report of the re-reading of the black box of Tehran-Kyiv Flight 752 confirms that the passengers and crew were alive until the second missile hit and the flight sphere tried to return the plane to the airport.

Zanganeh said that 19 seconds after the first missile, the Ukrainian CVR and FDR aircraft were cut off and there was no sound anymore. The FDR Flight Technical Data Recorder and the CVR Cabinet and Aircraft Sound Recorder are collectively called the Black Box and record flight details along the route.

The head of the Civil Aviation Authority stated that the final report will be presented in another year and at the same time urged the parties to the disaster not to use the issue politically: “Iran urges all stakeholders to refrain from any analysis or use of this information that is not safe.”

Zanganeh had previously called any “irrelevant use and political exploitation” of the accident investigation process contrary to ICAO’s goals and principles. He also called on airlines that warn against Iranian airspace to return after the incident, saying, “I assure you that this route is completely safe.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, founded after the Iranian Revolution on 22 April 1979 by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The reference is mainly to the Association of Families of Flight 752 Survivors, which has launched an online campaign to collect signatures, urging European airlines to be vigilant about resuming flights over Iran’s air corridor, emphasizing the insecurity of Iran’s skies.

Immunity of those responsible for the disaster

The Tehran-Kyiv flight was shot down on December 7, minutes after it was bombed by Revolutionary Guards missiles. All 176 passengers and crew were killed, including 29 children. The Islamic Republic hid the truth for three days, and after acknowledging it, called the issue a “human error.”

The Tehran Military Prosecutor’s Office has announced that three people, including the operator of the defense system, have been arrested in this connection. The families of the survivors, however, want to identify, introduce, and punish the main perpetrators of the tragedy and clarify the reason why the Iranian sky remained open on the night of the military operation.

None of the missile defense officials or senior Revolutionary Guards officials have been questioned or held accountable. Instead, several citizens and students protesting the downing of the plane have been sentenced to prison. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the IRGC air force commander, has also been praised and appreciated.

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