U.N. aviation agency asks Iran to expedite investigation of downed jet

© Reuters/SOCIAL MEDIA General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran

(Reuters) – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Friday asked Iran to expedite the investigation into the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in January.

The recommendation from ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that works to ensure safety in international air transport, comes nearly 10 months after a Ukraine International Airlines flight was shot down by an Iranian ground-to-air missile, killing 176 people.

a group of people sitting on a sidewalk: Commemoration ceremony for the people killed in the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was shot down in Iran, in front of the Iranian embassy in Kiev

“We have had several exchanges with the Iranian CAA in which we urged its authorities to expedite the accident investigation,” ICAO council president Salvatore Sciacchitano said. (https://bit.ly/38kTa2L)

(Reporting by Shreyasee Raj; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)