5 Windsorites confirmed killed in Iran plane crash
Samira Bashiri, Hamidreza Setareh Kokab, Zahra Naghibi, Mohammad Abbas Pourghaddi & Pedram Jadidi have died
Five Windsor residents were killed in a plane crash that happened in Iran on Wednesday.
Samira Bashiri was working in a lab at the University of Windsor, while her husband Hamidreza Setareh Kokab was a PhD student in mechanical engineering at the same institution.
Zahra Naghibi was a PhD student at the university's Turbulence and Energy Lab. She was also chair of the IEEE Young Professionals group. Naghibi's husband Mohammad Abbas Pourghaddi also died in the crash.
Pedram Jadidi was a PhD student in civil engineering. He was described by Javad Sadeghi, another University of Windsor PhD student and friend, as "very lovely and very ambitious."
Lisa Porter, a University of Windsor cancer researcher who supervised Bashiri, described her as "incredibly talented, driven and a beautiful person."
"She had a bright future ahead of her," Porter said.
Porter said Bashiri was trained as a veterinarian in Iran, and had aspirations to begin graduate school in Windsor in September.
"This is a tragic loss for all of us and we are so devastated for her family and friends back home," said Porter.
City hall will be illuminated red & white to honour the memory of residents from the City of Windsor killed on Flight 752. On behalf of City Council, my condolences go out to all families affected by this terrible incident. Be sure to hug a loved one tonight – life is precious.—@drewdilkens
Bashiri, Setareh Kobab, Naghibi, Abbas Pourghaddi and Jadidi were among 176 victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.
University of Windsor president Robert Gordon issued a statement Wednesday, saying that the institution is "heartbroken by this news and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of everyone impacted by this terrible tragedy."
"At this very difficult time we will support each other as a university family and will provide counselling and additional support services to anyone on campus in need."
In a statement, University of Windsor Students' Alliance (UWSA) president Jeremiah Bowers expressed his deepest sympathies for all 176 passengers on the flight.
"We are deeply saddened from this tragedy and stand in solidarity with the families and loved ones of those onboard," said Bowers, in a statement issued Wednesday.
"At UWindsor, we see each other as an interconnected family, and it is in times like these where our sense of community is strongest."
Political leaders offer condolences
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens used a tweet to express his sincere condolences "to the families and friends of all victims of the horrific plane crash in Iran."
"This is a devastating blow for our community," Dilkens said. "We are truly sorry for your loss and keeping you in our hearts and prayers."
Samira made a lasting impact on our lab. She brought great expertise to our animal experiments & moved our breast cancer program forwrd. She launched our Instagram and shared our science with many around the world. A beautiful person. Our hearts break for so many people today 💔 <a href="https://t.co/7T1yuqnRnh">https://t.co/7T1yuqnRnh</a>—@LisaPorter2
NDP Windsor West MP Brian Masse expressed his condolences during a media event on Wednesday unrelated to the plane crash.
Liberal Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmiercyzk also took to Twitter to offer condolences.
"We are heartbroken — but we are united in thoughts and prayers and we find solace in the strength of the bonds of community," he wrote.
Our community mourns the loss of all the passengers aboard flight PS752 including the 63 Canadians and our five beautiful and brilliant students <a href="https://twitter.com/UWindsor?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UWindsor</a>. We are heartbroken - but we are united in thoughts and prayers and we find solace in the strength of the bonds of community—@Irek_K
Flight PS752 went down just minutes after takeoff from Tehran.
More than 60 Canadians were onboard the flight.
CBC News is attempting to confirm reports of other local residents who died on Flight PS752.
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