3 Ontario Realtors Among 57 Canadians Killed in Ukraine Airline Crash in Iran
Editor’s Note: This article originally said 63 Canadians were killed in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on Wednesday. However, Canada’s foreign affairs minister says that based on the latest information available, 57 Canadians were killed. This article has been updated to reflect that.
A Ukraine International Airline flight from Tehran to Kiev crashed in Iran on Wednesday morning, killing all 176 people on board. Among the dead were 57 Canadians.
According to the airline, on January 8, flight PS752 from Tehran to the Ukranian capital of Kiev disappeared from radar a few minutes after departure from Tehran International Airport at 6:10 am local time.
Ukraine International Airlines confirms air accident in Iran
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— FlyUIA (@fly_uia) January 8, 2020
The Canadians on board the Ukraine Airline crash were from coast to coast, with passengers hailing from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Through tributes shared on social media from family and friends, passengers from Ontario were identified as students, professors, and professionals.
This included three realtors from Ontario, two of which were from the York Region, and one from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) confirmed the identities of its three members who were on board the flight, which included Faezeh “Fran” Falsafi, Iman Ghaderpanah, and Suzan Golbabapour.
“We are truly saddened to learn that three members of the Ontario Real Estate Association were on the plane that crashed in Iran,” said Karen Cox, president of OREA in a statement.
“The Ontario Realtor community mourns the loss of three of our own, and offers our deepest condolences to Fran, Iman, and Suzan’s family and friends; as well to the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.”
Fran Falsafi was one of the realtors on board. According to OREA, she worked for HomeLife/Bayview Realty Inc. in Thornhill, ON.
Iman Ghaderpanah worked for HomeLife Classic Realty Inc. in Concord, ON, and, according to a Facebook post from one of his colleagues, Iman was travelling with his wife Parinaz.
“Iman and his wife were passengers on the Ukrainian flight that tragically crashed this morning in Iran. Our deepest condolences to their family, friends and community. We have lost a friend and a very well-respected member of our organization and he will be deeply missed,” reads the post.
Suzan Golbabapour of Richmond Hill, ON, was the third realtor on the flight. She worked for RE/MAX Hallmark Realty.
While the cause of the crash is currently unknown, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he believes the plane was likely shot down by an Iranian missile.
“We have intelligence from multiple sources … the evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa, adding that the strike “may well have been unintentional.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides Canadians with an update about the fatal plane crash in Iran. pic.twitter.com/Rrcfdv3jSp
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) January 10, 2020
Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, confirmed the fatalities as 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians (including two passengers and nine crew), ten Swedish nationals, four from Afghanistan, three Germans, and three UK citizens.
A full list of the passengers on board the plane can be found here.