As the shock of the tragic Iran plane crash that took the life of 63 Canadians flying out of Tehran settles in, the tragedy continues to unfold. 138 of the 176 people killed in the crash were expected to connect to Toronto Pearson Airport from Kyiv, Ukraine, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The connecting flight landed at YYZ on the afternoon of Jan. 8 with 138 seats reportedly empty.

Trudeau confirmed the number of people on the Ukraine International Airlines flight that should have been arriving in Ontario on Wednesday.

He told reporters, as quoted by CBC: "At least 63 Canadians were on board and a total of 138 passengers on that flight were connecting to Canada — all people who won't be coming home to their parents, their friends, colleagues or their family.

"While no words will erase your pain, I want you to know that an entire country is with you. We share your grief."

Trudeau called the crash a "terrible tragedy" and says his government is looking to be part of the investigation.

He also confirmed, per the Toronto Star, that he's planning to send representatives to Iran since there is no consulate office in the country. 

With tributes flowing in from Canadians across the country, Trudeau aims to get answers and have a conversation with the Iranian government.

“There are conversations we need to have with the Iranian government,” he said. “I am confident that we are going to be able to be a part of the investigation... I believe that there is a clear need for answers.”

The connecting flight arrived in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.

Photos taken by CTV photojournalist Tom Podolec show the connecting flight which should have brought those 138 people to Canada landing at Pearson Airport.

Within the Canadian contingent of those people killed in the crash, there are so many tragic stories.

Amongst the fallen victims, numerous Ontario university and school students were on the flight that crashed in a Tehran farmland. Most of them were on their way back from their winter break.

Many of the Canadians on board were from Edmonton. At least 27 people from the city have been killed.

Meanwhile, a report also suggests 12 British Columbia residents were also among the people on board.

Canada has confirmed it will publicly memorialize the incident and the dead until Monday.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says it’s too early to speculate what happened in Iran but he does say that it’s clear that something “very unusual” had happened, according to City News.

All that is known at this stage is that there was a sudden loss of contact shortly after take-off.

Until more details are confirmed, the Transportation Safety Board said they have appointed an expert in order to monitor the progress of the investigation in Iran.

According to the Star, this has been one of the biggest aviation tragedies involving Canadians.

There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.


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