Bride and groom were only on crash plane because they stayed in Tehran to ...

A newlywed couple who died when a Ukrainian Airlines flight crashed in Iran had only been in the capital Tehran to collect their photos, their distraught family has said.

Saeed Tahmasebi had flown to Tehran with new wife Niloofar Ebrahim for the second leg of their with friends and family after tying the knot at St John's Wood register office in London last month.

Mr Tahmasebi, 35, from Chiswick, was an engineer for building firm Laing O'Rourke and was studying for a PHD as a postgraduate researcher at Imperial College London.

They were among 176 passengers who died when their Ukrainian Airlines jet bound for Kiev crashed shortly after take off in Tehran.

The couple had stayed behind in the region after the rest of their party went home. 

Mr Tahmasebi's grieving family last night said that just ten minutes before boarding, they had spoken to friends about their worries of travelling in the region. 

Newlywed Tahmasebi, 35, from Chiswick, west London, was celebrating his marriage to bride Niloofar Ebrahim (pictured) in Iran when the pair perished in the Ukrainian Airlines tragedy

Newlywed Tahmasebi, 35, from Chiswick, west London, was celebrating his marriage to bride Niloofar Ebrahim (pictured) in Iran when the pair perished in the Ukrainian Airlines tragedy

Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday

Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday

Mr Tahmasebi, a PHD student who had been living in the UK for 15 years, and his wife were returning to Britain from Tehran this morning when their passenger jet crashed after take off

Mr Tahmasebi, a PHD student who had been living in the UK for 15 years, and his wife were returning to Britain from Tehran this morning when their passenger jet crashed after take off

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Mr Tahmasebi's brother-in-law, Amir, said: 'They were only in Tehran because they were waiting a few days for their photographs before flying home.

'We all left to come back home earlier and were anxious about the situation because of what's going on in the region. But when we spoke to them 10 minutes before they boarded we thought everything was fine. Then we heard their flight had gone down. It's terrible, absolutely terrible.'

Mr Tahmasebi's sister, Sally, 41 said the situation was 'too terrible for words' and that the family 'couldn't believe what had happened'.

She said they were a 'lovely couple' and added that 'Saeed was the nicest guy you could ever find'.  

He and two more Britons - including a dry cleaning firm boss from Brighton, East Sussex and another engineer from London are known to have perished on board.  

The Ukrainian foreign ministry says there were three British victims of the disaster near Tehran this morning (pictured: wreckage at the crash site)

The Ukrainian foreign ministry says there were three British victims of the disaster near Tehran this morning (pictured: wreckage at the crash site) 

Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda-Zadeh (pictured), 40, who ran a dry cleaning firm in Brighton, East Sussex, has been named as the second British victim of the plane disaster in Tehran

Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda-Zadeh (pictured), 40, who ran a dry cleaning firm in Brighton, East Sussex, has been named as the second British victim of the plane disaster in Tehran 

Sam Zokaei, 42, pictured, from London, was an engineer at BP where colleagues mourned his 'tragic loss' today. He was on holiday in Iran visiting friends and family when he died

Sam Zokaei, 42, pictured, from London, was an engineer at BP where colleagues mourned his 'tragic loss' today. He was on holiday in Iran visiting friends and family when he died

Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda-Zadeh, 40, a father-of-one travelled to Iran to see family over the Christmas period and was returning to the UK via Ukraine.

The businessman, who lived in a three-bedroom terraced house in Brighton, East Sussex runs Smarty's dry cleaner's, in nearby Hassocks. 

The third victim was Sam Zokaei, 42, an engineer at BP where colleagues mourned his 'tragic loss' today.

A spokesman for the company yesterday said: 'With the deepest regret, we can confirm that one of our colleagues at BP, Sam Zokaei, was a passenger on the Ukrainian International Airlines plane that crashed in Iran this morning, reportedly with no survivors. 

'We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our friend and colleague and all of our thoughts are with his family and friends.' 

Mr Tahmasebi, a British national, had lived in Britain for more than 15 years. 

His friends described him as a 'very bright, very clever and smart' man who had a promising future as a structural engineer. 

A friend speaking at the couple's home near Chiswick, said on Wednesday: 'He was a lovely man. A wonderful human being. One of the nicest people you could meet.

'He was a top engineer and I would say he was a genius and he was so happy and getting married to his girlfriend who had been with for about three years.

'He has a sister who lives in London and she asked me to come to his flat today. We are in shock. We just can't believe it. Nobody knows what happened, but this is a very big tragedy.  

Mr Tahmasebi and wife Niloofar, pictured, were married at St John's Wood register office in London last month and had flown to Iran for the second part of their wedding celebrations

Mr Tahmasebi and wife Niloofar, pictured, were married at St John's Wood register office

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