Toronto held moving candlelight vigil for Iran plane crash victims (PHOTOS)

Jan 10 2020, 7:18 am

Toronto held a candlelight vigil at Mel Lastman Square on Thursday night to honour the lives lost in the Ukraine International Airlines plane crash in Iran on January 8.

According to the airline, flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv disappeared from the radars a few minutes after departure from Tehran International Airport at 6:10 am local time.

The plane was likely shot down by an Iranian missile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

“We have intelligence from multiple sources … the evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa, adding the strike “may well have been unintentional.”

Of the 167 passengers and nine crew members on the aircraft, there were no survivors. Sixty-three of the victims were identified as Canadian, and there were several Toronto students onboard.

In addition to the moving vigil — photos of which are below — flags at city hall and East York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, and York civic centres will be lowered from Thursday until end of day Monday.

The Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square has also been dimmed.

 

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