Iran plane crash: three University of Ottawa students among victims

Three University of Ottawa students are among 176 victims of the Wednesday morning plane crash in Iran.
D are 176 victims 63 are Canadian, and at least three of them are studying at the University of Ottawa.

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft had just taken off from Tehran airport when it crashed.

Local authorities reported an engine failure before changing their mind, afterwards indicating that they are continuing their investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

The 63 Canadian victims are predominantly of Iranian origin, and about 30 are residents of Edmonton.

The University of Ottawa has still not confirmed the identity of the victims who attended the institution. The management was still trying on Wednesday to confirm if other students were involved.

A candlelight vigil in memory of the victims is scheduled in front of Parliament in Ottawa at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“We are saddened to tell you that today we know that three University of Ottawa students are among the victims of PS752 flight,” confirmed University of Ottawa spokesperson Isabelle Pulkinghorn Mailloux. We are still trying to assess whether other students, teachers or staff were also on the plane. ”

The plane flew to Kiev, Ukraine.

The aircraft caught fire shortly before hitting the ground, at approximately 6:10 a.m. local time, approximately 45 km northwest of Tehran Airport in the city of Chahriar, Ukraine International Airlines confirmed in a communicated.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne said that the balance sheet could change, due to information obtained on citizens of dual Canadian-Iranian nationality.

“The situation is changing extremely quickly,” he says. I have contacted my Ukrainian counterpart and will continue to meet with the relevant authorities. ”

Canadians who want to confirm whether their loved ones were passengers on Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 can contact the Global Affairs Canada Emergency Watch and Response Center at 613-986-8885 or 1- 800, 387-3124. Communication can also be done by email at sos@international.gc.ca.

The Canadian embassy responsible for the file abroad is the one located in Ankara, Turkey. Canada does not have an embassy in Iran.

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