Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada has pledged that his government will get answers after a fatal plane crash in Iran that killed 63 Canadian citizens.
Canadian PM offered his “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims and promised to ensure “that this crash is thoroughly investigated and that Canadians’ questions are answered”.
Getting answers from Iran might prove difficult as Canada closed its embassy in Iran in 2012 and discontinued diplomatic ties.
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The Ukraine International Airlines carrying 167 passengers crashed moments after it left Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran at 6.10 am local time. Nine crew members were also on board the plane, which was bound for Kiev.
“I join Canadians across the country who are shocked and saddened to see reports that a plane crash outside of Tehran, Iran, has claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians,” Trudeau said.
“I offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones in this tragedy. “Our government will continue to work closely with its global partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated and that Canadians’ questions are answered.”
Tehran has so far rejected that the airliner was brought down by a missile, while Iranian officials blamed an engine fire, while the Ukrainian president ordered a criminal investigation into the crash.
Tehran is reportedly refusing to say what will happen to the black boxes which were on board the aircraft but will not hand them over to Boeing which is a US company,