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Plane crash in Iran kills 63 Canadians

Many Canadians were among the 176 people killed when a Ukrainian International  passenger plane crashed just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital’s main airport, according to the Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko.

Vadym Prystaiko said 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians were on board the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was headed to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, when it crashed.

The Ukrainian Boeing-737 was carrying 176 people and officials say there is no chance of finding survivors.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet that Canada has been in touch with the Government of Ukraine, and will continue to keep Canadians informed as more information emerges. 

The crash occurred hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers. Iranian officials have said a mechanical issue is what caused the crash. 

Ukraine's embassy in Iran has issued a statement on the plane crash in Iran, omitting the mention of engine failure as the cause, but for now the cause of the crash is still unknown and under investigation.

Global Affairs Canada has just issued an advisory warning Canadians and Canadian-Iranian dual citizens against travelling to Iran.

The advisory does not specifically mention the air crash that killed 63 Canadians overnight, but cites a 'volatile security situation and the regional threat of terrorism'

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