Canada: 'Devastating' — University of Alberta mourns academics, students lost in Iran crash

12 января 2020 г. 6:56

Students and staff of the University of Alberta in Edmonton reacted on Saturday to Iran's alleged accidental downing of Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) civilian flight PS752, which carried 10 members of the academic institution's community. «I think that it's a good thing that they admitted fault, that there is at least not denial or cover up. That is really important to get the facts straight,» Edmonton resident Yvonne Musy-Johnson said of Iran admitting to the plane's downing. «I understand that they [Iran] are angry but that is the totally wrong response that I could possibly see. I think the whole situation is terrible, the response to even killing the general is wrong,» said Ash Sprigner, a parent of a University of Alberta student. Springer said his son was «kind of in shock,» having known somebody on the flight. «It's pretty devastating. I'm at a loss for words,» said student Karine Chan. «The gut reaction would be that this brutal regime in Iran has to go after all this time, but then the hard question becomes what happens afterwards, what will our role be,» said student Daniel Gillette. Footage from the university campus showed flags flying at half-staff. On Wednesday, the University of Alberta said 10 of its faculty, students and alumni were among those killed in the tragedy. On Saturday, Iran admitted «unintentionally» shooting down the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752, killing all 176 people on board. At least 63 victims were Canadian citizens and 138 people were headed Canada, according to the country's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the Iranian air defence systems erroneously identified the passenger jet «as a cruise missile.»

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