2 George Brown College students among the victims of Iran plane crash

Last updated, 2 p.m., January 10, 2020

As Canadians continue to mourn the 176 people killed in the plane crash in Iran, we’ve recently learned that a second George Brown College student was among the victims.

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed on January 8 shortly after takeoff in Tehran, killing everyone on board. Many of the victims were Canadians and people travelling to Canada.

On January 8 we announced that a student in the Architectural Technology program died in the crash. On January 9 we confirmed another student, from our Computer Programmer Analyst program, was also killed. We aren’t releasing our students’ names to respect the privacy of their families.

“The shock and sorrow felt across Canada right now feels particularly heightened for us with the tragic deaths of two of our students. To those of you who studied and worked with the students we lost this week, I extend my deepest sympathies,” George Brown College President Anne Sado said.

“We share this grief and profound sense of loss with our colleagues across the post-secondary education community, who are also mourning the deaths of their co-workers and students—individuals who were preparing to take on the challenges of a new semester and were working towards bright futures. Honouring the memories of those who died may ease some of the anguish we’re all feeling.”

Flags on campus have been lowered to half-mast in honour of our students. A vigil was also held Friday, January 10 at Casa Loma Campus.

Counselling and support 

If you need to support, counselling services are available to you at each campus. You can call them at (416) 415-5000 ext. 2107 (St. James); ext. 4585 (Casa Loma); and ext. 5370 (Waterfront). Employees can access our Employee Assistance Plan provider, Shepell FGI, at 1-866-833-7690 or www.workhealthlife.com.