October 17, 2021

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Plane shot down in Iran | “The pain is still fresh”

Plane shot down in Iran |  "The pain is still fresh"

One year after the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, a relative of two of the 55 Canadians involved in the tragic plane crash near Tehran testified that “the pain is still fresh”.


The Canadian Press

“Nowadays, it’s like a crash day,” Montrealist Armin Morattab said in a telephone interview on the drama of the loss of his brother, Arvin, and uncle Ida Farzane.

Morattab said there was a bright future ahead for both Arvin and Ida in Montreal. The couple, who are studying for a doctorate at Ecol de Technology Superior (ETS), bought a house and wanted to have children.

The young lovers went to spend two weeks in Iran to see friends and family. Moratab said he was concerned about the assassination of an Iranian general by the Americans, as tensions between Iran and the United States had been running high for months before the accident. foreground, Qassem Soleimani.

“My brother Arash and I called them many times to tell them to be careful, that this was not a good situation, that an attack could happen … unfortunately, it happened,” he argued.

Armin Morattab said the couple’s death was very difficult for the family.

Every day we remember, wherever we go, those memories that we have together.

Armin Morattab

Feeling guilty

Like Mr. Morattab, Mahmoud Jiboi’s pain is very interesting a year later. On the day of the play, a Toronto man was tracking the theft online. He also took a video of tracking technology to show his 15-year-old daughter Maya, who was on a flight with his wife Sharzad Hashemi.

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A few minutes after takeoff, he set out to prepare some tea. By the time he got back to his computer, the plane was gone from the screen. He quickly saw articles about the crash on social media.

In addition to the death he had to go through, Mr. Giboy would have to face guilt because he would also have to be on a plane with his family. He came home a few days earlier because he was worried about taking more days off in his new job.

“It’s still very, very, very difficult, the wound is fresh. And I think it will take a long time to heal,” he said.

After the tragedy, he also flew from Toronto to Ottawa because he could not stay there.

Suffering mixed with anger

While Armin Morattab said he was “deeply saddened” by what happened a year ago, he also said he was “very angry” with Iran, the “culprit” in the affair.

We are talking about a crime, because it is a crime. It is the murder of 176 beautiful souls.

Armin Morattab

Iran has admitted that it mistakenly shot down Boeing, but the exact cause of the crash has not yet been determined. According to international civil aviation regulations, Iran is leading the investigation into the crash on its territory.

According to Morattab, this is nonsense. “This is an interesting conflict. Anyone convicted of a crime cannot investigate their own crime,” he pleaded.

He found that Iran’s attempt to give US $ 150,000 to the families of the victims was “disgraceful”. “What does that mean? We will not investigate, we will pay you and we hope you remain silent and the case is closed,” he said.

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Moratob asked Canada to put pressure on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to further condemn Iran’s behavior on the issue.

However, he noted that the Government of Canada has worked hard to support the families of victims of this tragedy. “They have been very helpful to us from day one,” he said, citing the fact that Canada has established January 8 as National Remembrance Day for air disaster victims.

Find the property

As for Mahmoud Ziboy, he hopes to one day regain the personal influence of his wife and daughter.

So far, he has been able to obtain his daughter’s burnt passport and some of his wife’s bank cards.

“I’m back,” he said. It hurts. ”