As Canada and the world are still reeling from news of a passenger jet going down, Parliament Hill is showing respect for the victims. The Iran plane crash deaths of 63 Canadians have led to the Canadian flag on the Peace Tower being lowered to half-mast until further notice. 

On January 8, the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill's Peace towered was lowered to pay respects to the people from Canada who lost their lives in the plane crash.

"The flag on the Peace Tower will be flown at half-mast from now until further notice in memory of the victims of the plane crash in Tehran," the Senate of Canada tweeted.

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was supposed to go from Tehran's main international airport to Kiev on the morning of January 8 but crashed just minutes after takeoff.

All passengers and crew on board the aircraft died, including 63 Canadians. 

Other victims were from Iran, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany and the U.K., according to Ukrainian minister for foreign affairs Vadym Prystaiko.

"This morning, I join Canadians across the country who are shocked and saddened to see reports that a plane crash outside of Tehran, Iran, has claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

The 63 Canadian victims in this plane crash came from all over Canada.

Schools like the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, the University of Alberta and Carleton University announced that students and members of the school communities were among those who died in the crash.

Condolences and tributes have been pouring in from politicians, institutions like universities that have lost people in the tragedy, and the Canadian people.

Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh and François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's minister of foreign affairs, all tweeted about the plane crash.

Following the crash, Air Canada, the only Canadian carrier that operates in the region, altered its routes over the Middle East to ensure the security of its flights.

"Our government will continue to work closely with its international partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated and that Canadians' questions are answered," Trudeau said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.


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