Iran ‘willing’ to compensate plane deaths

By AAP Newswire

Iran is willing to pay compensation to people who lost loved ones in a January plane crash with 176 fatalities, the Swedish foreign minister says.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde's remarks to the Swedish news agency were made after talks with ministers from countries affected by the crash.

"We have signed a memorandum of understanding that we will negotiate jointly with Iran on compensation, compensation to the victims' next of kin," Linde was quoted as saying.

Iran has said in the past that it wants to negotiate directly with the victims' families.

All on board the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737 airliner died when it crashed in a field shortly after take-off from Tehran.

Of the 176 people killed, 57 were Canadian citizens and 29 were permanent residents returning to Canada.

There were also citizens of Afghanistan, Britain, Sweden and Ukraine.