On Wednesday morning, the world awoke to the tragic news of a fatal plane crash in Iran which cost the lives of 176 individuals. The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight took off in the early hours of January 8 and crashed at 6:18 a.m., shortly after takeoff. Among those who lost their lives in the crash were 63 Canadians, 27 of whom were from Alberta's capital city. The number of victims from Edmonton is at least 27, as officials are still working to confirm the identities of the passengers.

According to the Edmonton Journal, the president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton, Reza Akbari, said that the city's Iranian community has been in communication through an app called Telegram to confirm which individuals have lost their lives.

Global News explains that the victims make up roughly 1% of Edmonton’s Iranian population. The group of individuals who passed away in the crash includes a doctor, a medical student, newlyweds, children, and a number of others under the age of 20.

UIA flight PS752 was en route to Kyiv, Ukraine from Tehran, Iran. According to Global News, the plane was delayed by about an hour before taking off.

The plane did not make it above 2,400 metres before plummeting into farmland on the outskirts of Tehran.

An outpouring of sadness and condolences have flooded the internet this morning as Canadians discover the tragic news.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, "Heartbreaking news from Tehran this morning: 176 people, including 63 Canadians, have lost their lives in a tragic plane crash. My thoughts are with all those who are mourning the loss of family members, friends, and loved ones."

As of now, the cause of the crash is unclear. Though, according to CNN, Yevhenii Dykhne, President of UIA said at a conference that the Tehran airport is especially complicated and pilots require several years of training to fly from that airport. 

Since this morning’s crash, Air Canada and other Canadian airlines are changing flight plans. The government of Canada has released a public advisory to avoid non-essential travel to Iran at this time.

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