Two University of Waterloo students killed in plane crash in Iran

Two University of Waterloo PhD students, Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan and Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani, were listed as passengers on a plane crash near Iran’s capital, Tehran, early Wednesday morning.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of everyone who died in this incident and we will provide support to anybody in our University community who is affected by this tragic incident. We continue to work with the relevant authorities to obtain more information,” the statement released by UW said.

The crash resulted in the deaths of all of the 176 people on board, which according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, included 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainian passengers and crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.

Four Western University students were among the lives lost, as well as two students from the University of Guelph.


Anyone who is grieving or in need of support is encouraged to contact on-campus resources:

The Student Wellness Centres: 519.884.0710 x3146 or
Urgent After-Hours Care
Victim Services (after-hours number): 519.570.5143
Here 24/7: 1.844.437.3247
Delton Glebe Counselling Centre: 519.884.3305 or
Laurier Human Resources: 519.884.0710 x2007
Laurier’s Special Constable Service: 519.885.3333

UW’s resources can be found here.

More information to come. 

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