Saturday January 8, 2022 7:30 a.m.
Prime Minister John Horgan made the following statement on National Day of Remembrance for Air Disaster Victims:
“On the second National Day of Remembrance for Air Disaster Victims, we are taking the time to reflect on the lives lost in these tragedies.
Today marks the second anniversary of the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 by Iranian civilian and military officials. All 176 people on board were killed, 138 of whom had ties to Canada, including Canadian citizens. and permanent residents. Many of the victims were from British Columbia and were active members of their community. Their positive contributions to Canada will be a lasting legacy, and we join their families and friends in mourning their loss on this sad day .
“The destruction of Flight 752 was the biggest loss of Canadian life in an air disaster since 280 Canadians died in 1985 when a bomb exploded on Air India Flight 182 from Toronto to London, England.
“We condemn this horrific act and call for justice for the victims of Flight 752 and their families.
“Every air disaster leaves families and communities in mourning. Out of this disaster was born an Iranian community in British Columbia that is more resilient than ever. I encourage all British Columbians to join the Association of Families of Victims of Flight PS752 by using the hashtag #IWillLightACandleToo to keep the memory of the passengers alive. Together we will remember those lost in these tragedies and keep them in our thoughts. They will never be forgotten.
For translations in French and Farsi: https://news.gov.bc.ca/26059#translations