Brampton victims identified in Ukraine Airlines crash

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Canadians across the country have been gathering to mourn the victims of the tragic Ukrainian International Airlines crash that occurred on January 8, 2020.

The Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crash, which took place in Shahedshahr, just southwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran, claimed the lives of 176 people and 63 Canadians. 

Among these Canadians, additional victims from the community have been identified.

Elsa Jadidi was among the identified from Brampton. She went to school at Wali ul Asr in Brampton up until last year.

In a Facebook post from Wali ul Asr, Elsa was referred to as a "wonderful girl who was always smiling," adding that her mother, Sr. Saharnaz Haghjoo, a sister of one of the school’s central campus teachers, was also on the plane.

She was a great supporter of the school and always made it a point to express her gratitude and appreciation to Elsa’s teachers,” said the post.

Br. Asghar Dhirani, a supporter of the Wali ul Asr school for the past ten years, was also on the plane, according to the Facebook post.

Sr. Afifa Tarbhai and Sr. Alina Tarbhai were also on the plane. The Tarbhai family have been supporters of the school since it’s inception 12 years ago,” according to the Facebook post.

In a Jan. 8 press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the Canadian victims included families, parents, couples, newlyweds, students, and children. 

While no words will ease your pain, I want you to know that an entire country is with you. We share your grief,” he told reporters.

To honour the victims, flags at Brampton City Hall were flown at half-mast to honour those who lost their lives in the crash near Tehran, Iran.

The flags were also hung to honour members of the community from the Wali Ul Asr School who were on the plane.

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton

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