After initial denials, Tehran admitted it mistakenly shot down the plane while on high alert after firing missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq [File: Reuters]

Iran will send the flight recorders of the Ukrainian passenger plane that its military shot down earlier this month to Ukraine, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

The Iranian authorities are also prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine the data from the recorders, the semi-official news agency said.

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All 176 people on board the plane were killed when the Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down on January 8 shortly after takeoff from Tehran en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

“With the use of the expertise of the countries

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