Canada in mourning as most of Ukrainian air crash victims were heading there

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Canada’s prime minister has vowed his government will get answers after a passenger jet crashed in Iran, killing 176 people on board including 63 Canadians.

Justin Trudeau revealed 138 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800 plane which was bound for the Ukrainian capital Kiev were connecting to Canada.

The flight included many international students and at least 26 children were also on board, according to the flight manifest.

Those with Canadian ties hailed from British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta; at least 30 of them are believed to be from Edmonton, while a large number had ties to universities and higher education institutions across the country.

There were also 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals on Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, according to Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

The plane crashed minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital Tehran and hours after Iran launched ballistic missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing US soldiers.

Officials in Iran have blamed an engine fire, while the Ukrainian president has ordered a criminal investigation into the crash.

“It’s dangerous to speculate on possible causes,” Mr Trudeau said on Wednesday. Mr Trudeau said his foreign minister was in touch with the Ukrainian government and his transport minister is reaching out to his international counterparts.

However, getting answers from Iran might prove difficult as Canada closed its embassy in Iran in 2012 and suspended diplomatic relations.

Authorities say they have found the plane’s black boxes, which record cockpit conversations and instrument data.

But it was not immediately clear how much access to the information the Iranians will allow.

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