A Humber College spokesperson confirmed to The Avro Post on Thursday that there were no students or faculty “as far as we know” on board Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752 that crashed in Iran and killed all onboard.
“As far as we know, none of the individuals involved in the crash are Humber students or faculty,” media spokesman Andrew Leopold said in response to an inquiry from The Post.
Many of those onboard the Boeing 737-800 passenger jet were Canadian students and faculty from across Toronto and the country. All 176 passengers were killed.
Shortly after Leopold’s response to The Avro Post’s inquiry, Humber published a public statement from President Chris Whitaker saying “our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends and colleagues of the individuals who died in the crash.”
Whitaker’s statement noted that Ontario post-secondary students featured prominently among those killed in the crash on Wednesday morning Iran time.
“Our province’s postsecondary institutions are shaped by teachers and learners who foster global citizenship and bring the world closer together through education and scholarship,” Humber’s president wrote.
“This tragic loss is felt by all members of the college community.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with other Western allies, said on Thursday that the crash appeared to have been caused by an Iran-launched anti-aircraft missile that was sent amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the United States.
Students and faculty from several universities and colleges, including from Ryerson University, George Brown College and the University of Guelph, were killed in the crash.