By Caribbean News Global
OTTAWA, Canada – Prime minister Justin Trudeau told a press briefing in Ottawa yesterday following 176 people on Flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv were killed and that at least 63 Canadians 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,” he said.
“While no words will erase your pain, I want you to know that an entire country is with you. We share your grief. Canadians have questions and they deserve answers,” he said.
François-Philippe Champagne, minister of foreign affairs, in a statement said:
“As more information becomes available, including regarding dual citizens, this number could change. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in this tragic event, including citizens of a number of other countries.
“The situation remains extremely fluid. I have been in touch with my Ukrainian counterpart and will continue to speak to all relevant authorities. The government of canada is committed to working closely with international partners regarding any possible investigation. We will continue to keep Canadians informed as the situation evolves.
“Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information about Canadian citizens believed to be on board Flight PS752 should contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre. You can do so by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free) or by sending an email to email@example.com.
“The Embassy of Canada to Turkey in Ankara has consular responsibility for Iran as there are no resident government of Canada offices in Iran. Canadian citizens in Iran requiring consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Ankara at 90 312 409 2700 or Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at 1 613 996 8885. Canadians requiring consular assistance in Ukraine should contact the Embassy of Canada in Kyiv by calling 380 (44) 590-3100 or by sending an email to KYIV-Consular@international.gc.ca.”
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said Iranian officials will lead the investigation, “The TSB remains available to provide any technical assistance requested by Iranian and Ukrainian accident investigation bodies,” says the agency’s statement.