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Iran, Jan 8 (Canadian-Media): All 176 people aboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft, including 63 Canadians killed when the plane crashed just minutes after takeoff on Wednesday morning in Tehran, Ukraine said, media reports said.
Iran Plane crash. Image credit: Wikipedia
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko said 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians were also aboard the plane, along with Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals. Ukranian officials did not say what caused the plane to crash.
"Tragic news regarding Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. Our hearts are with the loved ones of the victims, including many Canadians," tweeted Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne Wednesday morning.
"I have been in touch with the government of Ukraine. We will continue to keep Canadians informed as the situation evolves."
Canada is urging Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to the Middle Eastern country "due to the volatile security situation and the regional threat of terrorism."
The travel advisory makes no mention of the plane crash.
All flights to Tehran have been suspended indefinitely by Ukraine International Airlines.
After the missile attack, U.S. civil aviation operators had been notified by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibiting from flying in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Air Canada, the only Canadian air carrier that operates in the region covered by the U.S. notice, had changed its routes in the region.