Jan 08, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Sixty-three Canadians were among 176 killed in today’s crash of a Ukrainian passenger jet shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s airport.
Victims from the Greater Toronto Area include a ”number” of students from Toronto and York Region; including a Grade 10 student at Northern Secondary School, a Toronto woman and her nine-year-old son, an Ajax family of three, an Aurora dentist, four students from Western University, three from the University of Ottawa, two from the University of Guelph and an employee of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.
At least 30 of the victims are believed to be from Edmonton.
Aviation safety consultant Keith Mackey told Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with guest host Jane Brown there are several  possible causes that cannot be ruled out.
”We can’t rule out the bomb.  We can’t rule out that it may have been shot down by mistake and the likelihood of just having an engine failure or something causing the accident probably is not true because the aircraft will fly fine on one engine and it certainly wouldn’t descend that rapidly.”
Meanwhile, the Iranian military disputes any suggestion a missle may have been responsible and Iran’s road and transportation ministry claims the pliot lost control after one of the plane’s engines caught fire but does not explain how he was able to confirm that.
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