New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the Keiv-bound Ukrainian Boeing airliner went down in Iran just after taking off, the United States National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday said that it will join the probe to find the reason behind the crash, in which all 176 people on board were killed.  

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the agency said it had "received formal notification" from Iran of the crash which occurred on Wednesday.

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The plane, a US-made Boeing 737, went down minutes after takeoff from Tehran, and shortly after Iran had fired missiles at military bases in Iraq housing US troops. "The NTSB has designated an accredited representative to the investigation of the crash," said the US agency which probes transport accidents.

"The NTSB continues to monitor the situation surrounding the crash and evaluate its level of participation in the investigation," which will be led by Iran, the statement said adding, "as with any investigation in which the NTSB is involved, the agency will not speculate about the cause of the crash."

Meanwhile, Iran on Thursday had challenged international suggestions that the Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside Tehran this week was mistakenly downed by an Iranian missile.

The Iranian government, in a statement, urged Canada to share its information after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "multiple" intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot down the Boeing airliner after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 onboard, including 63 Canadians.

Iran's foreign ministry also invited the US planemaker Boeing to "participate" in its enquiry into the crash. Canada's theory was swiftly backed up by other Western leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who said mounting evidence supported an Iranian missile strike, which "may well have been unintentional".

Flight PS752 went down just minutes after takeoff from Tehran airport in the dark early Wednesday, after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at American military targets in Iraq in retaliation for the January 3 US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general.

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Tehran said it was prepared to allow experts from the countries who lost people in the crash to help with the enquiry. The ill-fated plane was carrying 82 Iranians,11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons, as well as the 63 Canadians.



(With agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan