A British engineer and his new wife coming home from their wedding in Iran were among the 176 who died in Wednesday’s Boeing 737 crash, according to UK reports.
Saeed Tahmasebi Khademsadi, 35, was identified by family as one of three Britons killed in the downed jet, along with single dad Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda-Zadeh, 40, and Sam Zokaei, 35, The Telegraph said.
Khademsadi died alongside his new wife, Iranian national Niloofar Ebrahim, as they returned from a wedding ceremony for relatives in Iran after an earlier wedding in the UK, The Times of London said.
“Saeed had just got married, he and his wife were on the way back home to start their life together,” brother-in-law Amir Vaheat, 42, told the paper, saying they last spoke to the Essex-based engineer when he boarded the doomed jet on the first leg of his trip home.
“My wife is going crazy, we cannot believe it. Saeed was such a nice man.
“All his friends are coming round trying to help, but it is too much for words.”
Kadkhoda-Zadeh, a divorced dad of a 9-year-old girl, died returning from Iran where he had spent the holidays with family members, the reports said.
Friends and neighbors paid tribute to the “quiet, polite and lovely” businessman after hearing of the tragedy, The Times said.
“He’s very lovely man,” said an unidentified student who rents a room in Kadkhoda-Zadeh’s home in Brighton.
“He had gone to Iran to see friends and I think some family over Christmas and was due back today.”
Zokaei, another engineer, was also understood to be returning from vacation visiting relatives.
Friends and colleagues at BP described his death as “tragic” and “deeply upsetting,” The Telegraph said.
“This is such awful news. He was a very nice man, always very friendly and polite,” a neighbor in south west London said.
“He often worked away from home for several weeks on end, but whenever I saw him he would wave and say hello.”
The doomed 737 was also carrying 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghanis and 3 Germans, officials said. There were no survivors.
The three-year-old Boeing 737-800 NG, which was bound for Kiev, was last seen on radar at 7,925 feet, according to FlightRadar 24, whose data suggest that the crash could have happened just two minutes after takeoff from Tehran.