Update: Alberta Premier and PM Trudeau react to Canadians killed in plane crash in Iran

Update Jan. 8, 10:46 a.m.

Premier Jason Kenney, on behalf of the Alberta Government, said he extends his deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the Alberta passengers killed in the Ukraine Airline plane that crashed in Iran yesterday.

“I am deeply saddened by the devastating news that 63 Canadians, including a large number of Albertans, were amongst the 176 passengers aboard Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 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, which is affected by this disaster.

“I thank the Government of Canada for pressing for an investigation into this crash, and offering support to the victims’ families.”

Update Jan. 8, 9:50 a.m.

“This morning, I join Canadians across the country who are shocked and saddened to see reports that a plane crash outside of Tehran, Iran, has claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians.

“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.

“Minister Champagne has been in touch with the government of Ukraine, and is speaking to relevant authorities and to international partners. Minister Garneau is also working with officials from Transport Canada, and is reaching out to his international counterparts.

“Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens believed to be on board can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca. Canadian citizens in Iran requiring consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Ankara at +90 (312) 409 2700 or call Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613-996-8885.”

—– Original story —–

Canadians are among those killed in a plane crash in Iran.

A Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport Wednesday, according to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

All 176 on board were killed. There were reports that 63 Canadians were on the plane. This hasn’t been confirmed.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko said the victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.

This morning Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne tweeted, “Tragic news regarding Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. Our hearts are with the loved ones of the victims, including many Canadians.”

The Ukraine International Airlines flight was bound for Kiev.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Tehran’s civil aviation organization was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying Iran won’t give the black box from the crashed airliner to Boeing, the maker of the plane.

More to come. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Updated Jan. 8, 6:34 a.m.

reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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