Nova Scotians among those killed in plane crash in Iran

A Dalhousie University engineering student living in Halifax was among those killed when a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed in Tehran Wednesday morning.

Masoumeh Ghavi, who many knew as Masi, had been on holiday visiting family in Iran. She was travelling back to Canada with her younger sister who was to study in Halifax, said Ali Nafarieh, president of the Iranian Cultural Association of Nova Scotia.

“It’s unbelievable, still I cannot believe it,” he said. “When I put myself in her family’s shoes, oh my God.”

Other victims of the crash included a number of students at Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, according to Nafarieh, although he yet didn’t have details on how many.

Nafarieh worked with Ghavi, who started her master’s degree in engineering last year.

“She was very young, energetic. Very bright, smart. Because we knew her from Iran — she had a background in IT, a very strong background in IT — we invited her to our company to work with us,” he said.

The Ukraine International Airlines flight carrying 167 passengers and nine crew en route to Kyiv crashed minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport.

All passengers were killed, including 63 Canadians. It is still unclear how many of the passengers lived in Nova Scotia. 

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