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Newlyweds, Families, Students Among 63 Canadians Dead In 'Devastating' Ukrainian Plane Crash That Killed 176

Darpan News Des The Canadian Press, 08 Jan, 2020

    The latest on the Ukrainian plane crash that killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians, in Iran:

     

    12:45 p.m.

     

    Western University says four of its students are among the 176 people dead in a plane crash near Tehran.

     

    The university in London, Ont., says three of the victims were graduate students, while the other was an incoming grad student.

     

    Meantime, the York Region District School Board near Toronto says it's aware of multiple students who died in the crash, but did not provide further details.

     

    12:10 p.m.

     

    The mayor of Edmonton says numerous city residents were among those killed in a plane crash near Tehran this morning.

     

    Don Iveson says he's devastated by news of the crash, which claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians.

     

    He says the City of Edmonton is in mourning.

     

    12 p.m.

     

    The University of Guelph in southern Ontario says two PhD students, as well as the partner of one of the students, were among the 176 who died in a plane crash near the Iranian capital of Tehran.

     

    The two students were studying in the departments of geography and marketing.

     

    The University of Waterloo also says two PhD students' names were on a list of passengers provided by the airline, but did not confirm whether they made it onto the plane.

     

    11:40 a.m.

     

    Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has released a statement on the plane crash that claimed the lives of 176 people in Tehran, including 63 Canadians.

     

    Scheer says it's a sad day for Canada, and his thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.

     

    Some of those killed on the Ukrainian International Airlines plane were university students headed to Canada for their studies.

     

    10:30 a.m.

     

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is offering his condolences to those who lost their loved ones in a plane crash near Tehran that claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians.

     

    He says Canada joins with the other countries grieving, and will ensure that the crash is properly investigated.

     

    The Kyiv-bound plane crashed minutes after takeoff at Tehran's airport on Wednesday morning.

     

    9:30 a.m.

     

    Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canada has offered to help investigate a plane crash in Iran that killed 176 people aboard, including 63 Canadians.

     

    He says Canada is offering technical assistance to the upcoming crash investigation.

     

    Ukrainian authorities have also offered to help probe what happened to the Kyiv-bound plane.

     

    8:45 a.m.

     

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is sending his love to the friends and families of the 176 people killed in a plane crash in Iran, including 63 Canadians.

     

    He says the victims' loved ones deserve clear answers about what caused the crash.

     

    The plane went down just minutes after taking off from Tehran's airport on Wednesday morning.

     

    8 a.m.

     

    Ukrainian International Airlines has released a list of the passengers on a plane that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard.

     

    The list includes years of birth, but not nationalities.

     

    The youngest person listed was born in 2016, while the oldest was born in 1950.

     

    7:40 a.m.

     

    Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has tweeted about the deadly plane crash in Iran, which killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians.

     

    "Our hearts are with the loved ones of the victims, including many Canadians," he wrote.

     

    "I have been in touch with the government of Ukraine. We will continue to keep Canadians informed as the situation evolves."

     

    7:30 a.m.

     

    Boeing has issued a statement expressing sympathy for the casualties of a plane crash in Tehran and their families, calling it a "tragic event."

     

    Iranian officials have said they suspect a mechanical issue brought down the 3 1/2-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

     

    "We are in contact with our airline customer and stand by them in this difficult time," Boeing said. "We are ready to assist in any way needed.

     

    7:15 a.m.

     

    Global Affairs Canada is warning against any non-essential travel to Iran "due to the volatile security situation, the regional threat of terrorism and the risk of arbitrary detention."

     

    The agency said Canadians, particularly those holding dual Canadian-Iranian citizenship, were at risk of being arbitrarily questioned, arrested and detained.

     

    "Iran does not recognize dual nationality and Canada will not be granted consular access to dual Canadian-Iranian citizens," Global Affairs said. "Canadian-Iranian dual citizens should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Iran."

     

    4 a.m.

     

    A Ukrainian official confirms 63 Canadians are among those killed in a plane crash near the Iranian capital of Tehran.

     

    Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko says Iranian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals were also aboard the plane.

     

    Ukraine International Airlines officials say most of the passengers were transiting through Kyiv to other destinations.

     

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE UKRAINIAN PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED 176

    Reaction to a Ukrainian plane crash in Iran that killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians, on Wednesday:

     

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "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. 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."

     

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    Transport Minister Marc Garneau: "My thoughts are with all those affected by the heartbreaking tragedy involving Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 carrying many Canadians. We are in touch with our international counterparts and Canada is offering technical assistance to the upcoming investigation."

     

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    Alberta Premier Jason Kenney: "I am deeply saddened by the devastating news that 63 Canadians, including a large number of Albertans, were amongst 176 passengers aboard UIA 752 when it crashed earlier today near Tehran.... Alberta has been enriched by a small but dynamic and highly educated Iranian community. This is a terrible day for them, and I am sure that all Albertans join with me in expressing our condolences to the entire community."

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    Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson: "While no words can erase the pain this crash has caused, I, on behalf of Edmontonians and your city council, would like to offer the families and friends who have lost a loved one in this tragedy our deepest condolences. Edmonton is in mourning today — our community has suffered a terrible loss."

     

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    Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne: "Tragic news regarding Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. Our hearts are with the loved ones of the victims, including many Canadians. I have been in touch with the government of Ukraine. We will continue to keep Canadians informed as the situation evolves."

     

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    Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian ambassador to Canada: "My heart is broken. We will have to go through this terrible pain together with our Canadian brothers and sisters. Ukraine is working with the Iranian authorities on the ground to identify the dead and help their families. Our deepest condolences to all those who lost their loved ones. It is devastating."

     

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    Ontario Premier Doug Ford: "Absolute terrible news coming out of Iran this morning. We are waiting to hear more about what happened and who was on the plane. My heart breaks for the families and communities looking for answers about their loved ones. You’re in our thoughts and prayers this morning."

     

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    Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq: "I think most of us woke up this morning with heavy hearts. I'm thinking about Canadians across the country and around the globe, and hoping for positivity and happier developments in the days to come. I hope you stay well and hopeful, if you can."

     

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    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh: "There are no words. 176 lives lost. 63 Canadians won’t be coming home. These families deserve clear answers, but whatever the cause, this is devastating. Love to their families, friends, and communities and to everyone touched by this tragedy."

     

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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: "The U.S. Department of State extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the 176 passengers and crew killed in the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752. The United States will continue to follow this incident closely and stands prepared to offer Ukraine all possible assistance. The United States calls for complete co-operation with any invest

     

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