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Canada confirms two citizens among Iran plane crash victims

2009-07-16 18:44:34 GMT2009-07-17 02:44:34 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

OTTAWA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Two Canadians were among the victims of the plane crash that happened in Iran killing all 168 people on board, a Foreign Affairs Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday in Ottawa.

The department had been "informed of the death of two Canadian citizens who were traveling on their Iranian passports," the spokesperson said.

The two dead are Nana Antashyan, 35, and her three-year-old son, Edward Khachik, who were flying to Armenia to visit Antashyan's mother. They lived in Toronto.

The plane carried 153 passengers and 15 crew members at the time of the crash. Most of the passengers were Iranians, with 42 from the country's large ethnic Armenian community. Eleven members of Iran's national youth judo team died in the crash.

Five Armenian citizens died in the crash, as did two Georgians.

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