- Reports indicate that six Montrealers are among the victims of the plane crash in Iran that killed 63 Canadians.
- The CBC reports that two of the Montreal victims were in Iran for their wedding.
- None of the passengers or crew members aboard the Ukrainian International flight survived the crash.
A shocking plane crash in Iran last night killed 176 passengers, amongst them, according to reports, six Montrealers,* including a pair who was reportedly in Iran for their wedding. Siavash Ghafouri-Azar and Sara Mamani, who studied at Concordia, appeared on the passenger manifest, released by the Ukrainian government early this morning.
According to the Montreal Gazette, two more victims, Arvin Morattab and Aida Farzaneh were students at École de Technologie supérieure visiting Iran on holiday.
The CBC further identifies victim Shahab Raana as a Montreal student.
La Presse identifies the sixth Montrealer as Mohammed Moeini.
Ghafouri-Azar's family praised him for being an honest man who was very dedicated in his life, according to CBC News.
In total, 63 Canadians lost their lives on Ukrainian Flight PS752. It's one of the worst airline tragedies involving Canadian citizens in history.
In a statement this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote the following: "On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones in this tragedy. 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."
The cause of the crash is currently unknown, though officials suspect that it was due to a technical failure.
For those worried if it's related to the increasing tensions in the area, all governments involved have assured the public that the plane was not accidentally shot down.
This is a developing story with conflicting reports. This article will be updated.
Many Canadian crash victims were international students who lived in Edmonton, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
Photos and videos from the scene show the extent of the crash, which claimed the lives of all crew and passengers. Flight PS752 crashed only minutes after takeoff.
World leaders have come together in solidarity for the victims and have sent their condolences to families. Iranian and Canadian citizens tragically experienced the most fatalities.
As investigations are underway, governments and public officials are urging people to be patient and to avoid any false reports.
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko released the nationalities of all the victims this morning, which included 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, as well as 10 Swedish, 4 Afghan, 3 German, and 3 British nationals.
The plane was a Boeing 737-800, not a 737-MAX, which was the model responsible for two fatal crashes in 2019. The MAX has since been grounded. The aircraft that crashed in Iran underwent regular maintenance on Monday, according to CBC News.
All Ukraine International flights have been suspended indefinitely, and Canadian authorities published a travel advisory for the region due to increasing political tensions.
The plane crashed only a few hours after the Iranian military launched a missile attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq.
The incidents are not connected.
There are no further details at the moment.
MTL Blog sends our sincerest condolences to the families of Siavash Ghafouri-Azar, Sara Mamani, Arvin Morattab and Aida Farzaneh.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
*This article has been updated.