Here are the stories of the B.C. victims of Flight 752

Here are the stories of the B.C. victims of Flight 752

On January 8, 176 people on board Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 died when the aircraft was downed by an Iranian missile after taking off from Tehran.

The Canadian government said 138 of the passengers were bound for Canada and, of those, at least 15 had ties to British Columbia.

Here are their stories:

Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi, Niloofar Razzaghi, Kamyar Ebnoddin Hamidi

Ardalan Hamidi, 49, and Niloofar Razzaghi, 45, stayed in regular contact with their family in Iran after immigrating to B.C. in 1998. They welcomed their son Kamyar in 2004.

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Roja Omidbakhsh

Roja Omidbakhsh made the long flight last August from her home in Tehran to Canada, where the 23-year-old would begin her new life as a commerce student at the University of Victoria. 

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Firouzeh Madani and Naser Pourshaban Oshibi

When Firouzeh Madani and Naser Pourshaban Oshibi came to Canada with their daughter in 2013, the family physicians from Iran had big dreams for themselves and their only child.

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Delaram Dadashnejad

Delaram Dadashnejad only booked her seat on Flight 752 after her student visa arrived too late, so she had to cancel her original flight with Lufthansa on Dec. 17. She decided to stay until January to spend more time with family.

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Hossein (Daniel) Saket and Fatemeh (Faye) Kazerani

The family and friends of Daniel and Faye Saket describe them as a committed and loving couple with a zest for life and adventure.

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Ayeshe Pourghaderi and Fatemah Pasavand

Friends described Ayeshe Pourghaderi as lovely, kind and a hard worker who loved her daughter deeply. Fatemah Pasavand was a high school student who was excited about her upcoming 18th birthday and high school graduation.

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Mohammad Hossein and Zeynab Asadi-Lari

Former UBC student Mohammad Hossein Asadi-Lari was full of warmth, a friend says, while his sister Zeynab Asadi-Lari was studying to be a doctor.

Mehran Abtahi

Mehran Abtahi, a postdoctoral fellow at UBC, is remembered as a kind, "pure soul" who wanted to spend his life researching better, more sustainable ways to clean wastewater for communities.

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