Iranian protesters have taken to the streets for a third day, after the Iranian military acknowledged it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 82 Iranians and 57 Canadians. Iran is the lead investigator. The focus must now be on a transparent inquiry and cooperation with worldwide authorities, especially the affected countries, who want a thorough investigation. That, I don't think anybody doubts.
In a thread on the company Twitter account, Mr McCain said: "US government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes".
Three members of a Canadian rapid deployment team flying to Tehran will have access to the plane's wreckage and blackboxes, Iranian officials confirmed Monday. Canada's authority in the probe is fairly limited right now. Now the issue facing accident investigators from Canada and other nations is "why?"
Flight 752 had been en route to Kyiv on Wednesday when it crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.
"I think a significant question that Canadians, particularly the families of these victims, are going to have is, are 63 Canadians dead because of the unintended consequences of a decision made by the USA president?" Yet those who've been paying attention to the protest movement in Iran know that it was hitting critical mass before the Soleimani killing and the retaliatory Iranian airstrike against US bases in Iraq.
Qatar's ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said during a visit to Iran on Sunday that de-escalation and dialogue.
However, she added: "There were first signs that Iran is allowing the TSB to play a more active role than is normally allowed".
Iran has granted Canadian crash investigators some additional rights.
Canada held vigils. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told one event: "We will not rest until there are answers". Safety board experts skilled at analyzing voice and flight data recorders are ready to deploy, once they know where that work will be done.
Investigators will even look at Iran's assertion that the missile strike was accidental.
"I hope that Canadians - individuals and corporations and others - will see it in their hearts to contribute big or small".
She said the TSB would not endorse the investigation if it concludes "there are serious problems with the report because it's either inaccurate or incomplete or misleading". As well, Canada has been asked to help download the data recorders. In times of such heightened tensions, the regime should have closed off Iranian airspace for commercial flights - many global airlines themselves had chose to avoid flying over the country.
Fox told of a Dutch security investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, which was also hit by an air defensive missile killing everyone aboard in July 2014.