63 Canadians among 176 dead after Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

Jan 8 2020, 6:24 am

A Ukraine International Airline flight has crashed in Iran killing 167 passengers including 63 Canadians.

According to the airline, on January 8, flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv disappeared from the radars a few minutes after departure from Tehran International Airport at 6:10 local time.

The airline said there were 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.

“The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims,” said the airline in a statement.

It also said it has decided to suspend its flights to Tehran until further notice.

Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, confirmed the fatalities as: 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, two + 9 (crew) Ukrainians, 10 Swedish nationals, 4 from Afghanistan, 3 Germans and 3 UK citizens. 

The airline released its full passenger list for the flight on their website.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he joins Canadians who are “shocked and saddened” by the crash.

“Our government will continue to work closely with its international partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated, and that Canadians’ questions are answered,” said Trudeau in a statement.” Today, I assure all Canadians that their safety and security is our top priority. We also join with the other countries who are mourning the loss of citizens.”

Trudeau said that Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne  has been in touch with the government of Ukraine, and is speaking to relevant authorities and to international partners.

“Tragic news regarding Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. Our hearts are with the loved ones of the victims, including many Canadians,” said Champagne. “We will continue to keep Canadians informed as the situation evolves.”

The flight was on a Boeing 737 plane, and the company issued a brief statement following the crash.

“This is a tragic event and our heartfelt thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families,” said Boeing. “We are in contact with our airline customer and stand by them in this difficult time. We are ready to assist in any way needed.”

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