UofA honours victims of tragic Flight PS752 crash
By Nathan Woolridge, News Editor
There are 31 Albertans reported dead in the tragic Iran plane crash, including 10 victims part of the University of Alberta (UofA) community, CBC says.
All 176 airline passengers and personnel on Flight PS752 were killed on Jan 8. when the Ukrainian passenger plane crashed not too long after takeoff from Tehran. There were 57 people from Canada identified as passengers, including nearly half from Alberta alone.
David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the UofA released a statement calling the crash a “tragedy.”
“As I have seen personally in visits across campus, these individuals were integral to the intellectual and social fabric of our university and the broader community. We are grieving for lost colleagues, classmates, teachers and mentors, as well as loved ones, family, friends and roommates,” said Turpin.
The UofA honoured the victims of the deadly plane crash with a memorial held Jan. 12 and also by sharing the names of the members of the UofA community.
“In the coming days, we will be sharing and celebrating each person’s unique contributions to their academic fields and to the many communities they touched,” said Turpin. “We will feel their loss — and the aftermath of this tragedy — for many years to come.”
Turpin added the university appreciates anyone who has reached out and offered messages of “support and condolence.”
“Your kindness has been felt across campus. I know that our community is reeling from this loss and I encourage you to reach out and seek any support needed during this time.”
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