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Canada seeking official status in Tehran crash probe, Garneau says

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 6:24 am EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left to right, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau hold a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canada is demanding official status in Iran’s investigation of the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines jet in Tehran last week.

Iran admits its air-defence forces shot the plane down, having not identified it as a commercial airliner.

All 176 people aboard were killed, including 138 people who were headed for Canada.

Garneau says two Canadian investigators are in Iran as part of an international team and have been getting good co-operation, but he wants their participation in the probe formalized.

He says the plane’s “black boxes” are in Iranian hands, but another two investigators are ready to go wherever and whenever the recorders are examined.

Canada is organizing a meeting in London tomorrow with representatives from several countries that lost citizens in the crash, to co-ordinate dealings with Iran.

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