Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs says 63 Canadian are among those killed in a plane crash just outside the Iranian capital of Tehran.
The passenger jet carrying 176 passengers and crew crashed this morning, just minutes after taking off from Tehran's main airport.
Ukraine International Airlines officials say most of the passengers were transiting through Kyiv to other destinations.
The crash happened this morning hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers, but both Ukrainian and Iranian officials say they suspected a mechanical issue brought down the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Ukraine's President has extended his condolences to the families of the victims.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has just reacted to the deaths, calling it 'tragic news.
Government of Canada is warning avoiding non-essential travel to Iran due to “volatile security situation and the regional threat of terrorism."
Meanwhile, some of Canada’s 500 military personnel based in Iraq will be temporarily moved to Kuwait for safety reasons.
The country’s top military official said yesterday that the decision was made due to fears of possible retaliation there after a U.S. drone strike on Iran’s top military commander last week.
In a letter to military families posted on Twitter, Chief of the Defense Staff General Jonathan Vance said, "Simply put, we are doing this to ensure their safety and security".
He also confirmed that all deployed CAF personnel are safe & accounted for following missile attacks in Iraq.