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Iran invites US to take part in plane crash investigation

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has accepted an invitation from Iran to take part in its investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian airplane in Tehran, the agency confirmed late on Thursday.
The NTSB said in a statement its Response Operations Center had received formal notification from Iran of Wednesday's crash of the Boeing 737-800 that killed all 176 on board. "The NTSB has designated an accredited representative to the investigation of the crash," the agency said.
The NTSB confirmed it would take part in the probe after an Iranian official told Reuters of the agreement.
"The NTSB has replied to our chief investigator and has announced an accredited representative," Farhad Parvaresh, Iran's representative at the International Civil Aviation Organization, part of the United Nations, told Reuters.
A person briefed on the matter said it was unclear what if anything its representative would be able to do under U.S. sanctions. NTSB said in its statement it "continues to monitor the situation surrounding the crash and evaluate its level of participation in the investigation."
The United States is allowed to take part under global rules since the Boeing 737-800NG jet was designed and built there.
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