Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, has revealed that 63 of its citizens were on board the plane that crashed in Iran.
According to Trudeau, of the 176 passengers on the Flight 752 Kyiv-bound confirmed dead, 138 of them were supposed to catch connecting flights to Canada.
Others killed include 82 Iranians, 10 Swedish, 4 Afghan, 3 German and 3 British nationals.
There were 11 Ukrainians on the flight – 2 passengers and the crew of 9.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I want to express my deepest condolences to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Your loss is indescribable and this is a heartbreaking tragedy,” Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa.
The Boeing-737-800 went down near an airport in the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday.
The aircraft belonging to Ukraine International Airlines lost contact just
after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport.
The crash happened early hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi bases housing United States soldiers.
Ukrainian and Iranian officials have both said a mechanical issue likely caused the crash.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said his country was ready to assist in an investigation into the accident.