Canada's victims of Flight PS752

One hundred and thirty-eight of the people killed on the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran were connecting to Canada.

The Ukraine International Airlines flight, bound for Kyiv, went down just minutes after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport. All 176 people on board were killed in the crash.

Most of the passengers were headed to Canada. They were dentists and doctors, whole families with small children, newlywed couples and students returning from holidays.

They had roots across the country.

Here is what we know so far about Canada's victims of Flight PS752. We will continue to update as we learn more.

British Columbia

Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi | Kamyar Ebnoddin Hamidi | Niloofar Razzaghi | Hossein (Daniel) Saket | Fatemeh (Faye) Kazerani | Naser Pourshaban Oshibi | Firouzeh Madani | Ayeshe Pourghaderi | Fatemah Pasavand | Delaram Dadashnejad | Mehran Abtahi | Roja Omidbakhsh | Soheila Massoumeh Moshref Razavi Moghaddam

Family of three

Family of three

Vancouver

Family of three

Vancouver

A family of three — Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi, his wife, Niloofar Razzaghi, and their teenage son, Kamyar Ebnoddin Hamidi — were on their way home to Vancouver after a two-week holiday. Kei Esmaeilpour, a family friend and head of the Civic Association of Iranian Canadians, confirmed their deaths.

Photo: Kei Esmaeilpour/Facebook

"I really felt warmth from this family. This was a family that intended to achieve things together."

– Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart

‘Love, you could see it in their faces’: Family of 3 remembered for warmth, generosity

Photo: Kei Esmaeilpour/Facebook

Couple were visiting family

Couple were visiting family

Vancouver

Couple were visiting family

Vancouver

Hossein (Daniel) Saket and Fatemeh (Faye) Kazerani were a couple from North Vancouver. He worked as an engineer, and she was a hygienist.

Photo: Farzad Taheri

"Sometimes two people become one and Faye and Daniel ... they were those people. We love them forever."

– Abo Taheri, Saket's uncle

‘Two bodies in one spirit’: Memorial held for B.C. couple killed in Iran plane crash

Photo: Farzad Taheri

Married family doctors

Married family doctors

Vancouver

Married family doctors

Vancouver

Another couple from North Vancouver, Naser Pourshaban Oshibi and Firouzeh Madani were both family doctors who were struggling through the licensing process in Canada.

Photo: Kimia Pourshaban Oshibi

"My parents had a lot of dreams and things they wanted to achieve, and their time has been cut short."

– Kimia Pourshaban Oshibi, daughter

Couple immigrated to B.C. to give their daughter her best chance in life

Photo: Kimia Pourshaban Oshibi

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Vancouver

Mother and daughter

Vancouver

Ayeshe Pourghaderi was travelling with her teenage daughter, Fatemah Pasavand, who attended Carson Graham Secondary School. The family owned Amir Bakery, a traditional Persian bakery in North Vancouver.

"They are a very hard-working family. They came to Canada for a better life, and this happened."

– Arash Azrahimi, neighbour

Mother, daughter remembered at vigil outside North Vancouver bakery
Delaram Dadashnejad

Delaram Dadashnejad

26
Vancouver

Delaram Dadashnejad

26 | Vancouver

Delaram was an international student studying nutrition at Langara College. She was flying home to Vancouver after a visit with family in Tehran.

Her friend, Sia Ahmadi, said she had originally planned to fly home on Dec. 17 but missed that flight after her student visa did not arrive on time, and booked Wednesday's flight instead.

Photo: Delaram Dadashnejad/Facebook

"She was a great friend. She had lots of people [around her]. Everybody started talking about [the crash last night] and contacting me [asking] if it's true ... and I was like, I hope it's not."

– Ksenia Ivanova, friend

Student booked seat on doomed flight after late visa forced change of plan

Photo: Delaram Dadashnejad/Facebook

Mehran Abtahi

Mehran Abtahi

Mehran Abtahi

Mehran was a post-doctoral fellow in the civil engineering department at UBC. He joined the university in October, according to a statement from the school.

Photo: Mehran Abtahi/LinkedIn

Photo: Mehran Abtahi/LinkedIn

Roja Omidbakhsh

Roja Omidbakhsh

Victoria

Roja Omidbakhsh

Victoria

Roja was a first-year business student at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island.

Photo: Roja Omidbakhsh/LinkedIn

"We're heartbroken that this happened, and our condolences go to her family and classmates."

– Mark Colgate, University of Victoria

University of Victoria student from Iran was hoping to run father's business

Photo: Roja Omidbakhsh/LinkedIn

Soheila Massoumeh Moshref Razavi Moghaddam

Soheila Massoumeh Moshref Razavi Moghaddam

Alberta

Mojgan Daneshmand | Pedram Mousavi | Daria Mousavi | Dorina Mousavi | Shekoufeh Choupannejad | Saba Saadat | Sara Saadat | Arash Pourzarabi | Pouneh Gorji | Nasim Rahmanifar | Amir Hossein Saeedinia | Arshia Arbabbahrami | Kasra Saati | Elnaz Nabiyi

Family of four

Family of four

Edmonton

Family of four

Edmonton

Both Mojgan Daneshmand and Pedram Mousavi were professors in the University of Alberta's faculty of engineering, and were on the flight with numerous other Edmontonians, said Payman Parseyan, a member of the city's Iranian community. Their two young daughters, Daria and Dorina Mousavi, also died in the crash.

Photo: Reuters

"We will miss their enthusiasm, high energy, and exceptional technical accomplishments, but more importantly, their extraordinary kindness and compassion."

– Mahta Moghaddam, president of IEEE AP-S

‘Superbly accomplished scholars’: engineering community mourns loss of couple

Photo: Reuters

Mother and two daughters

Mother and two daughters

Edmonton

Mother and two daughters

Edmonton

Dr. Shekoufeh Choupannejad, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Northgate Centre Medical Clinic in Edmonton, was travelling with her two daughters, Saba and Sara Saadat, both of whom were students at the University of Alberta. Saba was studying medicine, and Sara was a clinical psychology student.

Photo: Daniel Ghods-Esfahani

"I want everyone to know what amazing people they were."

– Daniel Ghods-Esfahani, boyfriend of Saba

Man who lost ‘love of my life’ plans to keep alive her legacy of caring

Photo: Daniel Ghods-Esfahani

Newlyweds

Newlyweds

Edmonton

Newlyweds

Edmonton

Arash Pourzarabi and Pouneh Gorji were graduate students in the University of Alberta's computer science program. They had travelled to Iran for their wedding.

Photo: Amir Forouzandeh

"It's devastating and shocking. It's a tragic moment."

– Reza Akbari, president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton

Photo: Amir Forouzandeh

Couple

Couple

Edmonton

Couple

Edmonton

Nasim Rahmanifar and her boyfriend, Amir Hossein Saeedinia, were mechanical engineering students at the University of Alberta.

Photo: Sina Esfandiarpour

"I couldn't really believe it, I thought it's a nightmare."

– Ali Khaledi Nasab, friend

U of A post-graduate student Amir Saeedinia remembered as a thoughtful, caring friend

Photo: Sina Esfandiarpour

Arshia Arbabbahrami

Arshia Arbabbahrami

Calgary

Arshia Arbabbahrami

Calgary

Arshia was a Grade 12 international student at Western Canada High School, and was returning to Canada after spending the holidays with his family in Iran.

Photo: Rayka Aminjavaheri

"Arshia was highly involved in athletic activities, such as the track and field and swim and dive team. He dreamt of being a doctor and was a leader in our community who many students looked up to."

– Western Canada High School statement

Calgary teen victim wanted to be a doctor, like both his parents

Photo: Rayka Aminjavaheri

Kasra Saati

Kasra Saati

47
Calgary

Kasra Saati

47 | Calgary

Kasra was an aircraft mechanic formerly with Viking Air.

Photo: Submitted

"His loss is deeply felt by everyone who had the opportunity to work with him."

– Angela Murray, Viking Air

Photo: Submitted

Elnaz Nabiyi

Elnaz Nabiyi

Edmonton

Elnaz Nabiyi

Edmonton

Elnaz was a PhD student in the department of accounting, operations and information systems at the Alberta School of Business.

Photo: Submitted/The Canadian Press

"In just one second I lost all of my life."

– Javad Solemani, husband

Photo: Submitted/The Canadian Press

Manitoba

Bahareh Hajesfandiari | Mohammad Mahdi Sadeghi | Anisa Sadeghi | Farzaneh Naderi | Nozhan Sadr | Forough Khadem | Amirhossein Ghassemi | Amirhossein (Amir) Ghorbani

Family of three

Family of three

Winnipeg

Family of three

Winnipeg

A family of three from Winnipeg was on the plane. Mohammad Mahdi Sadeghi, who went by Mahdi, his wife, Bahareh Hajesfandiari, and their daughter, Anisa Sadeghi, were travelling together.

Photo: Submitted

"It's hard to hold together and speak about that. Everyone is heartbroken now."

– Mojtaba Montazeri, family friend

Remembering the people from Manitoba on board Flight PS752

Photo: Submitted

Mother and son

Mother and son

Winnipeg

Mother and son

Winnipeg

Farzaneh Naderi and her 11-year-old son, Nozhan Sadr, were on the plane. Farzaneh worked multiple jobs to provide for her son and husband, Abolfazl Sadr, and had just moved into a new house.

Photo: Negysa Kalar

"We are all devastated by this loss and are holding Farzaneh and her son … in our hearts and thoughts."

– Jennifer Rodrigue, spokesperson, St. Amant

St. Amant tutor, 11-year-old boy among Winnipeg victims

Photo: Negysa Kalar

Forough Khadem

Forough Khadem

Winnipeg

Forough Khadem

Winnipeg

Forough had a PhD in immunology from the University of Manitoba. She was described as a promising scientist.

Photo: Amir Shirzadi

"Forough was one of my best PhD trainees, an outstanding scientist and above [all] an amazing human being. I am utterly devastated and trying to grapple with this."

– Jude Uzonna, associate professor of immunology, University of Manitoba

Photo: Amir Shirzadi

Amirhossein Ghassemi

Amirhossein Ghassemi

Winnipeg

Amirhossein Ghassemi

Winnipeg

Amirhossein had been living in Winnipeg for about a year as he pursued a master's degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Manitoba.

Photo: Amirhossein Ghassemi/Facebook

"I lose a brother. Everywhere that we went, we were together. He was like a family to me."

– Morteza Tavakoli, friend

Remembering the people from Manitoba on board Flight PS752

Photo: Amirhossein Ghassemi/Facebook

Amirhossein (Amir) Ghorbani

Amirhossein (Amir) Ghorbani

21
Winnipeg

Amirhossein (Amir) Ghorbani

21 | Winnipeg

Amir Ghorbani was a science student at the International College of Manitoba, a program for international students at the University of Manitoba, and hoped to eventually become a doctor, his roommate said.

Photo: Amir Shirzadi/Submitted

"It's just hard to accept that he's not going to come back anymore. It's just really hard to believe because we were really close to each other."

– Arman Ahmadi, roommate

Photo: Amir Shirzadi/Submitted

Ontario

Parisa Eghbalian | Reera Esmaeilion | Evin Arsalani | Kurdia Molani | Hiva Molani | Alina Tarbhai | Afifa Tarbhai | Hamid Setareh Kokab | Samira Bashiri | Mohammad Saleheh | Zahra Hasani | Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari | Zeynab Asadi Lari | Zahra Naghibi | Mohammad Abbas Pourghaddi | Shahrzad Hashemi | Maya Zibaie | Mahdieh Ghassemi | Arsan Niazi | Arnica Niazi | Iman Ghaderpanah | Parinaz Ghaderpanah | Saharnaz Haghjoo | Elsa Jadidi | Mahsa Amirliravi | Mohsen Salahi | Sahand Sadeghi | Sophie Emami | Alvand Sadeghi | Negar Borghei | Behnaz Khoei Ebrahimi | Rahmtin Ahmadi | Amir Ovaysi | Sara Hamzeei | Asal Ovaysi | Razgar Rahimi | Farideh Gholami | Jiwan Rahimi | Faezeh Falsafi | Dorsa Ghandchi | Daniel Ghandchi | Maryam Agha Miri | Shahzad Eghbali | Shahrokh Eghbali | Shakiba Feghahati | Rosstin Moghaddam | Hamidreza Djavadi | Kian Djavadi | Suzan Golbabapour | Ghanimat Azhdari | Hadis Hayatdavoudi | Mojtaba (Suresh) Abbasnezhad | Asghar Dhirani | Neda Sadighi | Bahareh Karamimoghadam (Karami) | Pedram Jadidi | Shadi Jamshidi | Alireza Pey | Ghazal Nourian | Milad Nahavandi | Sajedeh Saraiean | Mansour Pourjam | Fareed Arasteh | Roja Azadian | Mehraban Badiei | Alma Oladi | Saeed Kashani | Fereshteh Maleki | Amir Moradi | Farhad Niknam | Faraz Falsafi | Arad Zarei | Sheida Shadkhoo | Sadaf Hajiaghavand | Milad Ghasemi Ariani | Siavash Maghsoudlou Estarabadi | Mehdi Eshaghian | Iman Aghabali | Mansour Esfahani | Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan | Mohammad Amin Beiruti | Mohammad Amin Jebelli | Masoud Shaterpour Khiaban | Safar Poor Koloor | Kiana Ghasemi | Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi | Darya Toghian | Mahmoud Attar

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Aurora

Mother and daughter

Aurora

Parisa Eghbalian was a dentist. She worked in a practice she and her husband opened together. Reera Esmaeilion was their only child.

Photo: Aurora E&E Dentistry/Reuters

Family of three

Family of three

Ajax

Family of three

Ajax

A family of three from Ontario was also killed in the early morning crash. Omid Arsalani told CBC News that his 30-year-old sister, Evin Arsalani, was travelling back to Ajax, Ont., with her husband, Hiva Molani, and their one-year-old daughter, Kurdia.

Photo: Facebook

"At this point, I don't care how it happened, all I care is that I lost my family members."

– Omid Arsalani, brother

Photo: Facebook

Daughter and mother

Daughter and mother

Toronto

Daughter and mother

Toronto

Alina Tarbhai, pictured on the left, was an administrative clerk at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. She and her mother, Afifa Tarbhai, were in Iran on a religious pilgrimage.

Photo: COPE Ontario/Facebook

Photo: COPE Ontario/Facebook

Married couple

Married couple

Windsor

Married couple

Windsor

Hamid Setareh Kokab was a PhD student in mechanical engineering at the University of Windsor. His wife, Samira Bashiri, worked in a lab at the same school.

Photo: Sahar Nikoo

Married couple

Married couple

Toronto

Married couple

Toronto

Mohammad Saleheh was a student at the University of Toronto. His wife, Zahra Hasani, was applying to a Master's program in physics.

Photo: Hossein Mortazavi/Submitted

"The university's three campuses are united in mourning the loss of the victims and offering sympathy and condolences to their families and friends."

– University of Toronto statement

Photo: Hossein Mortazavi/Submitted

Siblings and UBC alumni

Siblings and UBC alumni

Toronto

Siblings and UBC alumni

Toronto

Siblings Mohammad Hossein and Zeynab Asadi Lari were alumni of the University of British Columbia. They were living in Toronto.

Photo: Mohammad Asadi Lari/Facebook

"His heart and brain were both outsized, and he was one of the most prescient, promising and generous people I've known."

– Erica Frank, professor and Canada research chair, UBC

Photo: Mohammad Asadi Lari/Facebook

Key members' of campus

Key members' of campus

Windsor

Key members' of campus

Windsor

Zahra Naghibi was a PhD student at the University of Windsor's Turbulence and Energy Lab. She was also chair of the IEEE Young Professionals group. Zahra's husband, Mohammad Abbas Pourghaddi, also died in the crash.

Photo: Behnam Riazi

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Toronto

Mother and daughter

Toronto

Sharzhad Hashemi and her daughter Maya Zibaie were returning home to Toronto after visiting family. Hashemi's husband and Zibaie's father, Mahmoud Zibaie, described his daughter as the pillar of his family. The family moved to Canada in 2016 and hoped to stay permanently.

Photo: Submitted by Mahmoud Zibaie

"Maya was kind, happy and well liked by her peers. She was new to Canada, enjoyed attending high school, and often shared with staff how excited she was about her future and reaching her academic goals."

– Adam Marshall, school principal

Photo: Submitted by Mahmoud Zibaie

Mother and two children

Mother and two children

Toronto

Mother and two children

Toronto

Mahdieh Ghassemi and her two children Arsan Niazi and Arnica Niazi were confirmed to be among the dead.

Photo: Submitted

Photo: Submitted

Couple were volunteers

Couple were volunteers

Toronto

Couple were volunteers

Toronto

Iman Ghaderpanah and Parinaz Ghaderpanah were married and were volunteers with the non-profit Iranian-Canadian group Tirgan. They had been in Iran to raise money for an upcoming arts festival. Parinaz also worked at a bank, while Iman was self-employed.

Photo: Houtan Seirafian

"[Parinaz was] energetic, positive, warm and very dedicated. She and her husband were deeply in love and both were very active in community affairs."

– Mehrdad Ariannejad, co-worker of Parinaz

Family, friends mourn Iran plane crash victims

Photo: Houtan Seirafian

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Toronto

Mother and daughter

Toronto

Saharnaz Haghjoo was a teacher at a campus of the Wali ul Asr Islamic school, while her daughter Elsa Jadidi,8, was a student there.

Photo: Sahar Haghjoo/Facebook

Photo: Sahar Haghjoo/Facebook

Two teachers

Two teachers

Toronto

Two teachers

Toronto

Mahsa Amirliravi and Mohsen Salahi were both teachers at Cestar College in North York, Ont.

Photo: Troy Futher

"Mohsen and Mahsa were fantastic teachers, touching countless students' lives during their time here at the college. But they were also tremendous individuals, forming strong bonds with many staff and faculty."

– Cestar College statement

Photo: Troy Futher

Family of four

Family of four

GTA

Family of four

GTA

Sahand Sadeghi, 39, and her daughter Sophie Emami, 5, were travelling with Sahand's brother, Alvand Sadeghi, and his wife, Negar Borghei.

Mother and son

Mother and son

GTA

Mother and son

GTA

Behnaz Ebrahimi travelled to Iran with her nine-year-old son, Rahmtin Ahmadi, to visit her mother, a friend told CBC News. Behnaz was a member of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union who worked as a property valuation analyst, the union said.

Photo: Submitted

Photo: Submitted

Family of three

Family of three

GTA

Family of three

GTA

Amir Ovaysi is remembered as a proud family man who would often show his colleagues videos and photos of his daughter, Asal Ovaysi, and his wife, Sara Hamzeei. The family was in Iran to visit Amir’s aging parents.

Photo: Aysan Haghani/Submitted

Photo: Aysan Haghani/Submitted

Family of three

Family of three

GTA

Family of three

GTA

Razgar Rahimi was a sessional lecturer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Razgar died in the crash along with his wife, Farideh Gholami, and his three-year-old son, Jiwan Rahimi.

Photo: Ahmad Shamshiri/Submitted

Mother and children

Mother and children

GTA

Mother and children

GTA

Faezeh Falsafi was travelling with her children Dorsa Ghandchi, 17, and Daniel Ghandchi, 8, at the time of the crash. Faezeh held a master's degree in mechanical engineering, her husband said.

Photo: Alireza Ghandchi/Submitted

Family of three

Family of three

Toronto

Family of three

Toronto

Maryam Agha Miri, her husband, Shahrokh Eghbali, and their daughter, Shahzad Eghbali, were heading home from a family wedding in Iran. Maryam had a degree in accounting from an Iranian university, Shahrokh had a master's in electrical engineering and Shahzad was a Grade 3 student.

Photo: Marjon Eghbali/Submitted

"To lose multiple loved ones ... It just all feels so senseless and there's so many emotions of devastation and anger."

– Marjon Eghbali, relative

Photo: Marjon Eghbali/Submitted

Mother and son

Mother and son

GTA

Mother and son

GTA

Shakiba Feghahati and her son, Rosstin Moghaddam, were returning from a trip to Iran when Flight PS752 crashed. Shahin Moghaddam described his wife Shakiba as an “angel” and his son Rosstin as a “wonderful treasure.”

Photo: Jalal Mortazavi/Submitted

"I don't know what to do, how to start again."

– Shahin Moghaddam, Shekiba’s husband and Rosstin’s father

Here's how a man who wants his wife and son to be remembered after they died in the Iran crash

Photo: Jalal Mortazavi/Submitted

Father and son

Father and son

GTA

Father and son

GTA

Hamidreza Djavadi, known to neighbours as Sam, and his 17-year-old son Kian were on their way home to Canada after visiting Iran during the holidays, according to a cousin. The pair lived in Mississauga, Ont., but spent summers in the beach town of Grand Bend.

Photo: Bri Anne/Facebook

"Sam loved his boat more than anything — he was always the first person out on the lake in the morning and the last to return."

– A neighbour on Facebook

Ontario beach community mourns the loss of father, son

Photo: Bri Anne/Facebook

Suzan Golbabapour

Suzan Golbabapour

Suzan Golbabapour

Suzan was a real estate agent at Remax Hallmark Realty and a personal trainer. She was married to Behrooz Rahimi.

Photo: Suzan Golbabapour/Facebook

Photo: Suzan Golbabapour/Facebook

Ghanimat Azhdari

Ghanimat Azhdari

36
Guelph

Ghanimat Azhdari

36 | Guelph

The 36-year-old PhD student at the University of Guelph was doing research in the college of social and applied human sciences, and was a member of an international group called the ICCA Consortium.

The ICCA Consortium is made up of organizations that advocate for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples and their land.

Photo: ICCA Consortium/Twitter

"[She was a] true force of nature, and one of the ICCA Consortium's most cherished flowers."

– ICCA statement

‘Force of nature’ Guelph PhD student killed in Iran plane crash

Photo: ICCA Consortium/Twitter

Hadis Hayatdavoudi

Hadis Hayatdavoudi

London

Hadis Hayatdavoudi

London

Hadis was was a PhD student at Western's Electrochemistry and Corrosion Science Centre.

Photo: Submitted

"You hear the news about very many people being killed or died. But once you know the person, it's very different, especially since that person went to my university. She had a bright future."

– Perham Alibolandi, schoolmate

A 'wonderful friend,' says roommate of Western student killed in plane crash

Photo: Submitted

Mojtaba (Suresh) Abbasnezhad

Mojtaba (Suresh) Abbasnezhad

Toronto

Mojtaba (Suresh) Abbasnezhad

Toronto

Mojtaba was a first-year international PhD student at the University of Toronto, studying electrical engineering.

Photo: Mojtaba Abbasnezhad/Facebook

Asghar Dhirani

Asghar Dhirani

Toronto

Asghar Dhirani

Toronto

Asghar was a respected tour leader for religious pilgrimages. His groups regularly visited some of the most sacred shrines in Shia Islam. He and his wife led more than 1,000 Muslims on these trips since 1994.

Photo: Ali Al-Hilli/Facebook

"My dad was my best friend. He was selfless … he was a hero not only to me but to many people."

– Rehana Dhirani, daughter

Religious pilgrimage tour leader from Markham among those killed

Photo: Ali Al-Hilli/Facebook

Neda Sadighi

Neda Sadighi

GTA

Neda Sadighi

GTA

Neda was a successful optometrist working in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Mississauga and London, Ont.

Photo: Musleh Khan/Facebook

Photo: Musleh Khan/Facebook

Bahareh Karamimoghadam (Karami)

Bahareh Karamimoghadam (Karami)

GTA

Bahareh Karamimoghadam (Karami)

GTA

Bahareh began working for York Region in 2018 as a technologist in the Capital Planning and Delivery branch within Environmental Services. She graduated from the University of Tehran with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering, and earned a master’s degree in science from North Carolina State University.

Photo: Saeideh Kirby

"She is being remembered for her love of family, a dedicated and strong work ethic, and great sense of enthusiasm."

– Bruce McGregor, York Region chief administrator officer

Whole Canadian heart' there for Iranian community at Winnipeg memorial

Photo: Saeideh Kirby

Pedram Jadidi

Pedram Jadidi

Windsor

Pedram Jadidi

Windsor

Pedram was a PhD student in civil engineering at the University of Windsor.

Photo: Javad Sadeghi

"He was very lovely and very ambitious."

– Javad Sadeghi, fellow student

He was my best friend in the city': Roommates grieve the loss of Iran plane crash victim

Photo: Javad Sadeghi

Shadi Jamshidi

Shadi Jamshidi

32
Mississauga

Shadi Jamshidi

32 | Mississauga

Shadi was a technical sales consultant in Mississauga, Ont., a permanent resident working toward her Canadian citizenship. She had been in Tehran visiting her father.

Photo: Hamid Mehr

"She was a lovely person all around, the sort of person you would like to be around, the sort of person that would cheer you up and who would be always there for you."

– Hamid Mehr, friend

Toronto woman killed in Iran plane crash was 'a lovely person all around,' says friend

Photo: Hamid Mehr

Alireza Pey

Alireza Pey

48
Ottawa

Alireza Pey

48 | Ottawa

Alireza had two daughters and owned the Ottawa technology startup Message Hopper. He had been visitng his sick father in Tehran.

Photo: Ali Pey/Facebook

"He was very hard-working. We'll all miss his smile."

– Kevin Manesh, friend

Tech entrepreneur among Ottawa victims of Iran plane crash

Photo: Ali Pey/Facebook

Ghazal Nourian

Ghazal Nourian

London

Ghazal Nourian

London

Ghazal was a PhD student who had recently joined the Nanophotonic Energy Materials lab at Western University in London, Ont., and was conducting research on algorithmic fabrication of 3D nanostructures.

Photo: Linkedin

"I texted her two days ago and she told me she was coming back. And I texted her back and she didn't respond."

– Soroush Sadatifar, office mate

Photo: Linkedin

Milad Nahavandi

Milad Nahavandi

London

Milad Nahavandi

London

Milad was a PhD student at London, Ont.'s Western University, studying chemical and biochemical engineering.

Photo: Milad Nahavandi/Facebook

"He was such a gifted and talented student. Other than being a genius in his subjects, he was also very supportive emotionally."

– Erfan Pazoki, former classmate

Photo: Milad Nahavandi/Facebook

Sajedeh Saraiean

Sajedeh Saraiean

London

Sajedeh Saraiean

London

Sajedeh was about to start her first semester as a grad student at Western University in London, Ont.

Photo: Andrew Lupton/CBC

Mansour Pourjam

Mansour Pourjam

Ottawa area

Mansour Pourjam

Ottawa area

Mansour was an alumnus of Carleton University's biology program, and worked as a technician at an Ottawa denture clinic. He had a 13-year-old son.

Photo: Mansour Pourjam/Facebook

"He was lovable. He was truly someone who made you laugh."

– Robert MacLeay, owner, Ottawa Denture and Implant Centre

He was amazing': Teenage son of Iran crash victim delivers emotional tribute

Photo: Mansour Pourjam/Facebook

Fareed Arasteh

Fareed Arasteh

Ottawa

Fareed Arasteh

Ottawa

Fareed was a PhD student at Ottawa's Carleton University, studying molecular genetics. He had returned to Iran over the holidays to marry his longtime girlfriend, Maral.

Photo: LinkedIn

"He was doing a fantastic job. Very nice guy. Very soft-spoken. Such a gentle soul. Whenever he was given the opportunity, he would go out of his way to help others."

– Ashkan Golshani, Carleton University professor

Photo: LinkedIn

Roja Azadian

Roja Azadian

Ottawa

Roja Azadian

Ottawa

Roja was supposed to have travelled to Canada for the first time with her husband, who has been studying at Ottawa's Algonquin College. But there was a ticket mix-up, and he couldn't get on the flight.

Photo: Facebook

"She wasn't sure if she should come to Canada, and he was just building here and getting ready for her to join him, and it's just a really, really tragic story."

– Leila Hojabri, friend of Roja's husband

Photo: Facebook

Mehraban Badiei

Mehraban Badiei

18
Ottawa

Mehraban Badiei

18 | Ottawa

Mehraban was a University of Ottawa student who had just finished her first semester. She had been visiting her parents in Iran for the holidays.

Photo: Mehraban Badiei/Facebook

"Mehraban was the only child in the family. They're devastated."

– Reza Matin, friend

Photo: Mehraban Badiei/Facebook

Alma Oladi

Alma Oladi

Ottawa

Alma Oladi

Ottawa

Alma was a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Ottawa. She had been visiting family in Iran for the holidays.

Photo: Submitted/The Canadian Press

"She always had this smile on her face. She was a nice and kind girl. She always wanted to explore places and discover new things in life and new places. She had so many plans for her life in Canada."

– Mohsen Zandimoghadam, friend

Ottawa residents describe shock as friends, colleagues named as victims in Iran crash

Photo: Submitted/The Canadian Press

Saeed Kashani

Saeed Kashani

Ottawa

Saeed Kashani

Ottawa

Saeed was working toward a PhD at the University of Ottawa. His friend said he had studied extremely hard for many years to get into university.

Photo: Submitted

"We are so shocked, and I can't accept this accident. He has so many friends here."

– Alireza Khoshroo, Kashani's cousin

Photo: Submitted

Fereshteh Maleki

Fereshteh Maleki

Ottawa

Fereshteh Maleki

Ottawa

Fereshteh worked in real estate after coming to Canada two or three years ago. She had been in Tehran for her daughter's wedding.

Photo: Fereshteh Maleki/Facebook

"She was talking about what she wanted to do and she told me, 'Maybe 2020 will be the year I can rest more. I have my job, I have my house now, [I can] resettle completely. Maybe it's the time we can enjoy our life in Canada.' But it didn't happen."

– Saeideh Shabani, friend

Iran plane crash victim was finally about to enjoy her life, daughter says

Photo: Fereshteh Maleki/Facebook

Amir Moradi

Amir Moradi

Kingston

Amir Moradi

Kingston

Amir was a student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. According to a friend of the family, Amir was studying science and had hoped to become a doctor.

Photo: Ramin Jalalpour

Farhad Niknam

Farhad Niknam

Farhad Niknam

Farhad was an Iranian-trained dentist who hoped to open his own dental clinic in Toronto.

Photo: Sanaz Valadi via The Canadian Press

"Words cannot describe how sad and heartbroken we are."

– Iranian Ontario Dental Association statement

Photo: Sanaz Valadi via The Canadian Press

Faraz Falsafi

Faraz Falsafi

GTA

Faraz Falsafi

GTA

Faraz studied at McGill University and later moved to the Toronto area. A long-time friend said Faraz had been returning from a family event in Iran, while another friend remembered his passion for photography and camping with friends.

Photo: Alireza Teimoury

Photo: Alireza Teimoury

Arad Zarei

Arad Zarei

18
Toronto

Arad Zarei

18 | Toronto

Arad was a student at Richmond Green Secondary School in Richmond Hill. He was in Iran to visit his mother.

Photo: Ali Ehsassi

"He was the apple of my eye, and his energetic demeanour and caring personality left a lasting impression on his classmates and many friends. His loss will undoubtedly leave a gaping hole in the lives of the many he touched."

– Mehrzad Zarei, father

Photo: Ali Ehsassi

Sheida Shadkhoo

Sheida Shadkhoo

Toronto

Sheida Shadkhoo

Toronto

Sheida was a chemist living in Toronto with her husband of 10 years, Hassan Shadkhoo. She was in Iran to visit her mother and sisters.

Photo: Ousama Farag/CBC

"She saved my life. I lived because of her."

– Hassan Shadkhoo, husband

Photo: Ousama Farag/CBC

Sadaf Hajiaghavand

Sadaf Hajiaghavand

GTA

Sadaf Hajiaghavand

GTA

Sadaf was a student at York University studying human resources. She also worked as a model and host.

Photo: Patty de Frutos/Submitted

"She used to just laugh. The happiest person I knew in Toronto."

– Khashayar Arjangi, friend

Photo: Patty de Frutos/Submitted

Milad Ghasemi Ariani

Milad Ghasemi Ariani

32
Guelph

Milad Ghasemi Ariani

32 | Guelph

Milad was a PhD student at the University of Guelph.

Photo: Towhid Islam/University of Guelph

Photo: Towhid Islam/University of Guelph

Siavash Maghsoudlou Estarabadi

Siavash Maghsoudlou Estarabadi

Hamilton

Siavash Maghsoudlou Estarabadi

Hamilton

Siavash was a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences but had left the university in 2018.

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

Mehdi Eshaghian

Mehdi Eshaghian

Hamilton

Mehdi Eshaghian

Hamilton

Mehdi was a PhD student at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Photo: Facebook

"He was always optimistic about the future. He said he would go to work with NASA."

– Reza Safari, friend

Photo: Facebook

Iman Aghabali

Iman Aghabali

28
Hamilton

Iman Aghabali

28 | Hamilton

Iman was a PhD student at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Photo: LinkedIn

"He was one of the most supportive and hilarious people I knew. He was the kind of guy who could make friends with everyone, and everyone loved him."

– Orod Kaveh, friend

Bring them back:' Hundreds gather to mourn McMaster students killed in Iran plane crash

Photo: LinkedIn

Mansour Esfahani

Mansour Esfahani

Waterloo

Mansour Esfahani

Waterloo

Mansour was a researcher doing a PhD in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo. He had gone back to Iran to get married.

Photo: LinkedIn

"He was so intelligent. He was so smart. He was so kind."

– Alireza Mohamadizadeh, friend

Friends, classmates remember Waterloo students killed in Iran plane crash

Photo: LinkedIn

Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan

Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan

Waterloo

Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan

Waterloo

Marzieh (Mari) was working on a PhD in geography at the University of Waterloo.

Photo: University of Waterloo

Mohammad Amin Beiruti

Mohammad Amin Beiruti

GTA

Mohammad Amin Beiruti

GTA

Mohammad Amin Beiruti was a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying computer science.

Photo: Marsha Chechik/Submitted

"He was a very kind, caring and peaceful young man, and wanted to make the world a better place."

– Yashar Ganjali, professor

Photo: Marsha Chechik/Submitted

Mohammad Amin Jebelli

Mohammad Amin Jebelli

29
GTA

Mohammad Amin Jebelli

29 | GTA

Mohammad Amin Jebelli came to Toronto in 2018 to pursue a Master of Health Science in translational research at the University of Toronto. He worked as a medic in Iran and earned a doctorate in medicine from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

Photo: University of Toronto

"He did everything for everybody, and didn't think of himself."

– Joseph Ferenbok, U of T program director

Photo: University of Toronto

Masoud Shaterpour Khiaban

Masoud Shaterpour Khiaban

GTA

Masoud Shaterpour Khiaban

GTA

Masoud Shaterpour Khiaban was in the process of moving to Canada to begin post-graduate studies in business administration at York University when the plane went down.

Photo: Angelina King/CBC

"It's tragic beyond words, really, that he was never able to arrive here."

– Lisa Philipps, York University provost and vice president, academic

Photo: Angelina King/CBC

Safar Poor Koloor

GTA

Safar Poor Koloor

GTA

Safar Poor Koloor was a first-year student studying biology at York University, the school said.

Kiana Ghasemi

Kiana Ghasemi

19
Toronto

Kiana Ghasemi

19 | Toronto

Kiana was on her way to Toronto to study at George Brown College. She was about to begin her first semester in the school’s computer programmer analyst program. Ghasemi had visited Toronto in past summers, but wanted to make the move permanent, her cousin said.

Photo: Dorsa Ghasemi/Submitted

"She was in love with Toronto. She was coming with lots of hopes, dreams, goals."

– Dorsa Ghasemi, cousin

Photo: Dorsa Ghasemi/Submitted

Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi

Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi

Toronto

Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi

Toronto

A mechanical engineer who helped teach English to refugees, Mohammad had studied at both the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. He had applied for permanent residency in Canada and had been waiting about a year before his life was cut short.

Photo: Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi/Facebook

"He was not just a friend to me. He was like my brother."

– Mohammed Yadegari, friend

Photo: Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi/Facebook

Darya Toghian

Darya Toghian

22
Toronto

Darya Toghian

22 | Toronto

She was a student at George Brown College in Toronto.

Photo: Darryaas/Instagram

Photo: Darryaas/Instagram

Mahmoud Attar

Mahmoud Attar

69
Richmond Hill

Mahmoud Attar

69 | Richmond Hill

Mahmoud was retired and had been living in Richmond Hill, Ont., since 2007. He was planning to bring some things back from Iran for his eldest daughter to decorate her new home in North York, his sister said.

Photo: Zohreh Attar/Submitted

"He had a passion for all people. He was active, he was happy. He loved life and he loved Canada."

– Zohreh Attar, sister

Photo: Zohreh Attar/Submitted

Quebec

Siavash Ghafouri-Azar | Sara Mamani | Aida Farzaneh | Arvin Morattab | Shahab Raana | Sahan Hatefi Mostaghim | Niloufar Sadr | Mohammad Moeini

Newlyweds

Newlyweds

Montreal

Newlyweds

Montreal

Siavash Ghafouri-Azar and Sara Mamani had travelled to Iran to get married. Both had recently completed master's degrees in engineering at Concordia University.

Photo: LinkedIn

"He was a great guy. Very dedicated to life, to people, very, very decent guy, to be honest — one of the best I've seen in my life."

– Reza Ghafouri-Azar, uncle

Photo: LinkedIn

Couple travelling together

Couple travelling together

Montreal

Couple travelling together

Montreal

Aida Farzaneh and Arvin Morattab had recently earned their PhDs from Montreal's École de technologie supérieure and had been travelling in Iran.

Photo: Aida Farzaneh/Facebook

Photo: Aida Farzaneh/Facebook

Classmates travelling together

Classmates travelling together

Montreal

Classmates travelling together

Montreal

Shahab Raana loved to play guitar and sing. He and Sahan Hatefi Mostaghim were both training to be welders at a Montreal technical college. The two classmates were travelling together.

Photo: Hossein Ensafi Moghaddam/Submitted

"Shahab was definitely one of the most kind-hearted people that I've met."

– Hamïdreza Zahèdi, friend

Photo: Hossein Ensafi Moghaddam/Submitted

Niloufar Sadr

Niloufar Sadr

61
Montreal

Niloufar Sadr

61 | Montreal

Niloufar managed an art gallery in Montreal. She was also a mother of three whose family had deep roots in Montreal's Iranian community. Niloufar was returning to Canada after visiting family in Iran, her ex-husband said.

Photo: Niloufar Sadr/Facebook

"She loved life a lot. She had lots of friends. She was joyful."

– Reza Banisadre, ex-husband

Photo: Niloufar Sadr/Facebook

Mohammad Moeini

Mohammad Moeini

35

Mohammad Moeini

35

Mohammad worked as a draftsman at Bombardier Recreational Products in Valcourt, Que.

Photo: LinkedIn

Photo: LinkedIn

Nova Scotia

Masoumeh Ghavi | Mandieh Ghavi | Sharieh (Sheri) Faghihi | Fatemeh Mahmoodi | Maryam Malek

Sisters

Sisters

Sisters

Masoumeh Ghavi was a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She was travelling with her younger sister, Mandieh, who was also going to study in Halifax.

Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

Sharieh (Sheri) Faghihi

Sharieh (Sheri) Faghihi

Halifax

Sharieh (Sheri) Faghihi

Halifax

Sharieh was a dentist in Halifax. She had been visiting her mother in Iran with her daughter, who returned to Halifax a few days earlier.

Photo: Dal.ca

Fatemeh Mahmoodi

Fatemeh Mahmoodi

Halifax

Fatemeh Mahmoodi

Halifax

Fatemeh was pursuing a master's degree in finance at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

Photo: LinkedIn

Photo: LinkedIn

Maryam Malek

Maryam Malek

Maryam Malek

Maryam was pursuing a master's degree in finance at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

Photo: Submitted

Photo: Submitted

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