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Ottawa, Jan 8 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in the wake of one of the worst-ever aviation disasters involving Canadians, that a total of 138 passengers on crashed Ukrainian plane early Wednesday were set to take a connecting flight to Toronto, media reports said.
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Since 2012, when Canada broke off diplomatic relations with Iran, there had not been direct flights between Canada and Iran.
Trudeau said his government is seeking to be part of the investigation into what downed Ukraine International Airlines flight 752.
“I’m here today to express my deep grief and condolences for the families who’ve lost loved ones following this terrible crash,” he said, adding Canada is preparing consular teams to go to Iran.
“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.”
In the tributes posted to social media, friends of some listed passengers identified them as university students, professors and professionals returning to Canada.
By Wednesday afternoon among the dead confirmed were students attending nearly a dozen universities in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
A few hours after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at military bases housing U.S. soldiers in Iraq that the jet crashed hours .
Ukrainian authorities initially said that due to mechanical problems the plane had crashed, but later said nothing had been ruled out.
Any suggestion that the airliner was shot down was disputed by the Iranian military, which claimed the pilot lost control after a fire broke out in the plane.
Global Affairs Canada warned against any non-essential travel to Iran due to security reasons and added Canadians, particularly those holding dual Canadian-Iranian citizenship, were at risk of being questioned, arrested and detained.