Canadian investigators to join Tehran crash probe, Iran says

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Iran's civil aviation authority says it has invited Canadian investigators from the Transportation Safety Board to join a growing team probing the plane crash outside Tehran that killed 138 people believed bound for Canada.

The statement posted online said representatives from Ukraine International Airlines, the plane's operator, arrived in Tehran today to begin the work.

That announcement came as Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne spoke to his Iranian counterpart about Wednesday's crash.

A summary of the phone call released this morning by Global Affairs Canada says Champagne stressed to Mohammad Javad Zarif the need for Canadian officials to be allowed into Iran to provide consular services, help with identification of the deceased and to take part in the investigation.

His office said Champagne insisted that Canada and Canadians have ``many questions which will need to be answered.''

The summary did not provide any details about Zarif's reaction to Champagne's demands and Champagne's office declined to provide any further information.