Iran backs away from plan to send downed Ukrainian jet’s black boxes abroad for analysis

Iran appears to be going back on its promise to send the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger plane its military shot down abroad for analysis.

Hassan Rezaeifar, the official leading the investigation into the Jan. 8 mishap – which killed all 176 people on board the plane — was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency Sunday as saying “the flight recorders from the Ukrainian Boeing are in Iranian hands and we have no plans to send them out.”

Rezaeifar said Iran is working to recover the data and cabin recordings, and that it may send the flight recorders to Ukraine or France.

“But as of yet, we have made no decision,” he noted.