Entire Swedish family is killed in Iran plane crash

Entire families are among the 176 who died in the horrific plane crash in Iran today, which was tragically marked by the number of young victims. 

Swedish couple Raheleh and Mikael Lindberg, 37 and 40, were killed along with their two young sons Erik, nine, and Emil, seven, after the Boeing 737 burst into flames following take-off from Tehran.

A photo on Facebook shows the Lindbergs snuggled together for a photo for what appears to be Barcelona-mad Emil's sixth birthday celebrations just over a year ago.

A second family, from Edmonton, Canada, was also wiped out. Pedram Mousavi, 47, and his wife Mojan Deneshmand, 43, who both work at the University of Alberta, Canada, also died along with their two young daughters Daria, 14, and Darina 10. 

Fifteen children, including a baby born in 2018, were named among the dead which comprised 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.  

The heartbreaking death toll also named Canadian newlyweds Arash Pourzarabi, 26, and Pouneh Gourji, 25, from Edmonton, who had gone to Iran to be married. 

The couple were computer science students from Alberta. Many of the dead were Canadian-Iranian's flying back from the winter break. 

Raheleh and Mikael Lindberg, 37 and 40, were killed along with their two young sons Erik, nine, and Emil, seven, after the Boeing 737 burst into flames following take-off from Tehran

Raheleh and Mikael Lindberg, 37 and 40, were killed along with their two young sons Erik, nine, and Emil, seven, after the Boeing 737 burst into flames following take-off from Tehran

A photo on Raheleh's Facebook page shows the young family smiling while huddled together in the summer

A photo on Raheleh's Facebook page shows the young family smiling while huddled together in the summer

Canadians Pedram Mousavi and his academic wife Mojan Deneshman also died along with their two young daughters Darya and Darina

Canadians Pedram Mousavi and his academic wife Mojan Deneshman also died along with their two young daughters Darya and Darina

The heartbreaking death toll also named Canadian newlyweds Arash Pourzarabi, 26, and Pouneh Gourji, 25, from Edmonton, who had gone to Iran to be married

The heartbreaking death toll also named Canadian newlyweds Arash Pourzarabi, 26, and Pouneh Gourji, 25, from Edmonton, who had gone to Iran to be married

Amir Hossein Saeedinia, PhD student at the Center for Design of Advanced Materials at University of Alberta has been identified as another victim

Nasim Rahmanifar

Amir Hossein Saeedinia, PhD student at the Center for Design of Advanced Materials at University of Alberta has been identified as another victim, as has fellow student Nasim Rahmanifar

A map showing the route of the brief flight and some of the clues to the cause of the crash which soon started to emerge

A map showing the route of the brief flight and some of the clues to the cause of the crash which soon started to emerge 

The University of Guelph in Canada said two PhD students, as well as the partner of one of the students died.

Ghanimat Azhdari was a student in the department of geography and Milad Ghasemi was a student in marketing. Azhdari's partner, Hamed Alibeiki, also died.

Western University said four of their students died. Three were current graduate students and one was an incoming graduate student. They did not name the students.

The University of Waterloo also said two PhD students' names were on a list of passengers provided by the airline, but did not confirm whether they made it onto the plane. 

Flight PS752 came down just minutes after leaving the runway at Imam Khomeini International Airport early this morning, sparking fresh alarm in the Middle East just hours after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched missile strikes on US bases in Iraq.

These strikes were a direct response to President 's assassination of Iranian general Qassam Soleimani with a drone strike in Baghdad on Friday.

The Iranian regime has insisted the plane's engine caught fire causing a loss of control, but has fuelled

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