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Flags are being lowered to half mast across Canada in memory of Iran plane crash victims

Canadian flags are being lowered to half mast all over the country today in honour of the victims of the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Iran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Of the 176 passengers on board the plane, 63 were Canadian. According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the flight was headed for Kiev from Tehran, but 138 of the passengers were connecting to Canada.

Trudeau requested to have the flag on the Peace Tower in Ottawa lowered to half mast until further notice in memory of the victims of the plane crash.

Others organizations and institutions in the country, and even internationally have followed suit. 

Many of the victims of the crash called cities in the GTA home. Six students from the University of Toronto were on the plane. 

A number of the passengers aboard the plane were reportedly students and university staff from Canada returning at the end of the holidays. 

Four students from Western University in London Ontario were victims in the crash. 

The University of Manitoba reported that three people on the plane were alumni of the University. Other victims on the plane worked or studied at the Univeristy of Guelph, the University of Windsor, and The University of Alberta. 

The Toronto District School Board said in statement that a number of families from their schools were affected by the plane crash.

Students, teachers, and staff were believed to be on the plane. The TDSB confirmed that 15-year-old student Maya Zibaie was a victim of the tehran plane crash.

A number of Canadian embassies across the globe have also lowered flags to half mast in honour of the lives that were lost in Tehran yesterday.

Victims on the plane were also from Iran, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, and Germany. 

Lead photo by

University of Manitoba 

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