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Here's what we know about the Alberta victims of the Iran plane crash

The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 claimed the lives of 63 people who were residing in Canada, many of whom were from Edmonton. 

CBC has identified 15 Alberta victims

Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday.

The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 claimed the lives of 63 people who were residing in Canada, many of whom were from Edmonton. 

All 176 people on board the Kyiv-bound Boeing 737 were killed when the plane crashed after take off from Tehran's main airport.

Initial reports from multiple sources and community members indicated that as many as 30 people connected to the Edmonton community died in the crash. So far, CBC News has been able to confirm 15 Alberta victims.

Shekoufeh Choupannejad was a medical doctor who had an obstetrics and gynecology practice at Northgate Centre Medical Clinic. (Supplied by Daniel Ghods-Esfahani)
  • Shekoufeh Choupannejad: Medical doctor who had an obstetrics and gynecology practice at Northgate Centre Medical Clinic. Choupannejad came to Edmonton in 2014 from Halifax but also worked in Iran, where she attended university.  

Sisters Saba Saadat and Sara Saadat had both studied at the University of Alberta. (Supplied by Daniel Ghods-Esfahani)
  • Sara Saadat: Choupannejad's two daughters also died in the crash. Sara Saadat, born in 1996, was a clinical psychology student. She graduated from the University of Alberta in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science and had been accepted to continue studies at Alliant International University in San Diego. 

  • Saba Saadat: Saba Saadat, born in 1998, was in her last semester at the U of A completing a Bachelor of Science degree and had begun applying to medical schools. 

University professors Pedram Mousavi and Mojgan Daneshmand, along with their daughters, from left, Daria and Dorina, are among the dead. (zaghtweet1/Twitter) (zaghtweet1/Twitter)
  • Mojgan Daneshmand: University of Alberta associate professor of engineering and a specialist in radio frequency microsystems. She had degrees from Iran University of Science and Technology, University of Manitoba, and University of Waterloo.

  • Pedram Mousavi: Mousavi was married to Daneshmand. The University of Alberta professor of mechanical engineering and research specialist in wireless applications had degrees from Iran University of Science and Technology and University of Manitoba.

  • Daria and Dorina Mousavi: Daneshmand's and Mousavi's daughters. Daria was born in 2005 and Dorina in 2010. 

Friends said Arash Pourzarabi and Pouneh Gorji got married in Iran on Jan. 1 but planned to celebrate with a ceremony in Edmonton on their return. (Supplied by Amir Forouzandeh)
  • Arash Pourzarabi: University of Alberta student born in 1993, was pursuing a master's degree in computer science.
  • Pouneh Gorji: Also a University of Alberta student pursuing a master's degree in computer science. Born in 1994. Pourzarabi and Gorji were returning from their wedding in Iran, where both had attended the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.
Student Arshia Arbabbahrami, left, and aircraft mechanic Kasra Saati are two Calgarians that died in Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 late Tuesday MT. (Supplied by Parastoo Soleimani/Supplied by family of Kasra Saati)
  • Arshia Arbabbahrami: An international student at Western Canada High School who was returning to Canada after spending the holidays with his family in Iran. He had attended the Calgary school for three years.
  • Kasra Saati: An aircraft mechanic with Viking Air, he lived in Calgary. 
Amir Saeedinia was a PhD student at the University of Alberta. (University of Alberta)
  • Amir Saeedinia: Was a PhD student at the Center for Design of Advanced Materials at the University of Alberta focusing on the general area of computational modeling of ceramic-metal materials. 
  • Nasim Rahmanifar: A mechanical engineering student at the University of Alberta. She was working on her master's degree and according to friends was considering continuing on to a doctorate.
  • Elnaz Nabiyi: Another member of the University of Alberta community, as confirmed by Alberta's Minister of Advanced Education.
  • Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi: Another member of the University of Alberta community, as confirmed by Alberta's Minister of Advanced Education. Most recently, he lived in Toronto.

This story will be updated as more information about the victims becomes available.

Clarifications

  • Initial reports from multiple sources and community members indicated that as many as 30 people connected to the Edmonton community died in the crash. This is a developing story that will be updated when new information is confirmed.
    Jan 09, 2020 9:18 PM MT

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