Iran plane crash: The victims of Ukraine Flight PS752

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has named victims of Wednesday's crash
A Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after take-off in Iran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.In total, 82 Iranians and 63 Canadians were on board the Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS572, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said.There were also 11 victims - including nine crew members - from Ukraine, four Afghans, three Britons and three Germans.Iran's head of emergency operations said 147 of the victims were Iranian, which suggests many of the foreign nationals held dual nationality.A list of passengers was released by the airline, but the BBC is awaiting confirmation from people known to the victims.
Ukrainian airline crew
Nine of the 11 Ukrainian nationals killed were staff at Ukraine International Airlines (UIA). Valeriia Ovcharuk, 28, and Mariia Mykytiuk, 24, were among the flight attendants who died.
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On their social media accounts, which are now being filled with tributes, they frequently shared photographs from their travels.Valeria posted just two weeks ago from a hotel in Bangkok with the caption: "Work, I love you."
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Ihor Matkov, was flight PS752's chief attendant. The other three flight attendants were named by the airline as Kateryna Statnik, Yuliia Solohub and Denys Lykhno.Three pilots were on board at the time of the accident: Captain Volodymyr Gaponenko, First Officer Serhii Khomenko and instructor Oleksiy Naumkin.All three had between 7,600 and 12,000 hours experience flying a 737 aircraft, according to the airline.A former UIA pilot said he had flown together with each of the three pilots. Writing on Facebook, Yuri, who wanted to be known only by his first name, described them as "great pilots".
The three British victims of the crash have started to be named locally.They include Sam Zokaei, who worked as an engineer for oil and gas company BP. In a statement, the company said it was "shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our friend and colleague".
Mohammed Reza Kadkhoda Zadeh, Sam Zokaei and Saeed Tahmasebi were all on board
A second British engineer, Saeed Tahmasebi, also died. His employers, Laing O'Rourke, described him as a "popular and well respected engineer".A number of the passengers killed in the crash were reportedly students and university staff. They included Ghanimat Azhdari - a PhD student at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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One of my wonderful PhD students, Ghanimat Azdahri, was on the plane that crashed in Tehran this morning. Ghanimat was on her way back to @uofg after visiting her family and traditional Indigenous territories in Iran over the December break. The students and I are in so much pain— Dr. Faisal Moola (@faisal_moola) January 8, 2020
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She specialised in promoting the rights of indigenous groups and her research group described her as "cherished and loved"."A strong activist and advocate for the global indigenous peoples' movement, this is not only a loss for [us] but also for many communities, organisations and movements worldwide," the group said in a statement.Toronto resident Alina Tarbhai was also among the victims, her employer, the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF), told the BBC. "She was respected and well-liked by all. Her passing represents a profound loss for all of us who worked with her," Harvey Bischof, president of the OSSTF, said in a statement. She was also an avid volunteer with Scouts Canada, and a "kind and generous soul", according to a friend on Facebook.
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Forough Khadem, from Winnipeg, was also confirmed to have been on the flight. "Forough was a promising scientist and a dear friend," tweeted her colleague E Eftekharpour. Ms Khadem was described as an outstanding scientific talent and a "rising star" by University of Manitoba Associate Professor Jude Uzonna, who she studied under during her PhD.He described her as one of his best students - an ambitious talent who went on to get her doctorate in immunology and received multiple awards for her work. Ms Khadem was in Tehran visiting family, and Mr Uzonna said they had spoken briefly by text. He had been concerned about the security situation in Iran and she assured him she was on her way back to Canada. Arash Pourzarabi, 26,and Pouneh Gourji, 25, were graduate students in computer science at the University of Alberta in Canada, and had gone to Iran for their wedding, Reza Akbari, president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton, told Reuters.Omid Arsalani told Canada's CBC national broadcaster that his sister Evin Arsalani, 30, had travelled to Iran to attend a wedding with her husband, Hiva Molani, 38, and their one-year-old daughter Kurdia. All three were killed in the crash."She was happy, she saw family members, all the people in the family she hasn't seen in years," Mr Arsalani said.
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