January 09, 2020

How U.S. Sanctions on Iran Could Hamper Boeing Plane Crash Investigation

Featuring Peter Harrell

Source: Newsweek

Journalist David Brennan

The investigation into this week's deadly plane crash in Iran could be hampered by U.S. sanctions on the country, which may restrict Boeing staff from traveling to the country without special U.S. government permission.

All 176 passengers and crew of Ukraine International Airways flight PS752 from Tehran to Kiev were killed when the Boeing 737-800 crashed soon after takeoff from Imam Khomeini airport early on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian government has ordered a criminal investigation into the crash, which Iranian state media was quick to blame on a technical fault. An initial report from Iran's aviation agency said the aircraft was on fire and that the pilots tried to turn back to land at Tehran airport before it went down, Reuters reported.

Read the full story and more in Newsweek.


  • Peter Harrell

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is a former adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a leading expert on U.S. economic statecraft, including sanctions, export cont...