Iranian armed forces say the passenger plane was brought down by human error, according to state TV
The number of Canadian victims of the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 crash in Tehran, Iran now stands at 57, according to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
He said the number was updated from 63 to 57 based on new information about birth dates and travel documents.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked for an emergency task force to be set up to support the families of the victims, Champagne said.
Trudeau has also asked for a dedicated process to address Visa issues for those affected by the crash.
“Our priority at this time is providing support to the affected families,” Champagne said.
To date the Iranians have issues two Visas for Canadian investigators to enter the country, and Canada hopes another 10 will be issued soon, he said.
“We are pushing for a more active role for the Canadian investigators,” Champagne told reporters.
Canadian investigators have been sent to the region to help with the identification of victims and help with the investigation of the crash, he said.
Canada has also established an international coordination and response group, which includes Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the UK, according to Champagne.
“Canada’s objectives remain closure, transparency, accountability and justice,” he said.