63 Canadians amongst useless after aircraft crash in Iran: Ukraine overseas minister

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  • Ukrainian Worldwide Airways PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv crashes Wednesday morning close to airport in Iran
  • Airline says preliminary knowledge suggests there have been 167 passengers and 9 crew members on board
  • Ukraine’s overseas minister says there have been 63 Canadians on the airliner
  • Reason behind the crash unclear. Early feedback from officers cited potential mechanical failure, Ukrainian embassy later places out a press release saying earlier feedback about reason for crash weren’t official

Ukraine’s overseas minister says 63 Canadians are among the many useless after a Ukrainian Worldwide Airways flight crashed close to Iran’s capital, killing everybody aboard the airliner.


The passenger jet crashed on Wednesday, simply minutes after taking off from Tehran’s predominant airport, turning farmland into fields of flaming particles.

International Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko stated Iranian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals had been additionally aboard the aircraft. CBC Information has reached out to World Affairs Canada however has not heard again.

Ukraine Worldwide Airways stated in a press release that preliminary info suggests there have been 176 folks on the aircraft — 167 passengers and 9 crew.


“UIA representatives are at present clarifying the precise variety of passengers on board,” the airline stated in a press release.

The crash of the Ukraine Worldwide Airways flight got here hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troopers, however each Ukrainian and Iranian officers stated they suspected a mechanical challenge introduced down the Boeing 737-800 plane. Nonetheless, the Ukrainian embassy in Iran later stated any earlier feedback about the reason for the crash weren’t official.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky prolonged his condolences to the households of the victims. His workplace stated he had minimize his go to to Oman brief and was returning to Kyiv due to the crash. The nation’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk confirmed the casualty toll.


Boeing issued a press release on Twitter expressing condolences to the crew, passengers and households affected by the crash. Earlier, spokesperson Michael Friedman advised the AP the corporate was “conscious of the media studies out of Iran and we’re gathering extra info.”

Reason behind crash not but clear

Ukraine Worldwide Airways stated in a press release that it’s working to verify the accuracy of studies relating to the reason for the crash.

“Our job is to ascertain the reason for the crash of the Boeing and supply all needed assist to the households of the victims,” stated parliament speaker, Dmytro Razumkov, in a Fb assertion.


Ukraine Worldwide Airways stated it had indefinitely suspended flights to Tehran after the crash.

Hassan Razaeifar, the top of air crash investigation committee, stated it appeared the pilot could not talk with air-traffic controllers in Tehran within the final moments of the flight. He didn’t elaborate.

A relative of a sufferer of the Ukraine Worldwide Airways aircraft that crashed after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport reacts at Boryspil Worldwide Airport, exterior Kyiv. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

Ukrainian authorities have provided to assist with the investigation of the aircraft crash. “We’re making ready a bunch of specialists with a purpose to assist with the search operation and the investigation of the reason for the crash,” Honcharuk stated.

Din Mohammad Qassemi, who lives close to the crash website, stated he had been watching the information in regards to the Iranian ballistic missile assault on U.S. forces in Iraq in revenge for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani when he heard the crash.

“I heard a large explosion and all the homes began to shake. There was hearth in all places,” he advised The Related Press. “At first I believed [the Americans] have hit right here with missiles and went within the basement as a shelter. After some time, I went out and noticed a aircraft has crashed over there. Physique elements had been mendacity round in all places.”


Transport Canada had beforehand stated that it was “monitoring the state of affairs intently within the Center East and are in shut contact with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.”  It stated that Air Canada, the one Canadian provider to function within the affected space, “has altered its routes to make sure the safety of its flights into and over the Center East.”