Swedish couple killed in Iran plane crash alongside two young sons, 7 and 9

An entire Swedish family have been killed in the devastating plane crash in Iran.

Parents Raheleh, 37, and Mikael Lindberg, 40, and kids Erik, 9, and Emil, 7, were on the aircraft which killed 176 people on board, a full list of passengers confirmed.

A tragic photo on Rahele’s Facebook page appears to have been taken on Emil’s sixth birthday and shows the family huddled close together, smiling.

The beautiful picture shows the family had a football-themed birthday cake, decorations and toys displayed for the occasion.

Another picture of the family shows them all posing with their arms around each other.

Local media confirmed a Swedish family of two adults and two children had lost the lives.

Among the victims of today’s tragic were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, three Germans and three Britons, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said.

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The Swedish family pictured with their arms around each other (Image: Facebook)

He tweeted: “We are currently aware of the following information on the countries of origin of those killed in the crash : Iran – 82; Canada – 63; Ukraine – 2 + 9 (crew); Sweden – 10; Afghanistan – 4; Germany – 3; United Kingdom – 3.

“We express our condolences. The Ukrainian authorities continue to investigate.”

Debris and smouldering engine parts from the Boeing 737, which carrier Ukraine International Airlines said was last serviced two days ago, were strewn across a field southwest of the Iranian capital Tehran where rescue workers in face masks laid out scores of body bags.

The family pictured celebrating Emil’s sixth birthday (Image: Facebook)

The plane crashed shortly after take off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, killing everyone on board.

Three Brits who died in the disaster have all now been identified.

Sam Zokaei was travelling back to London via Kyiv the Ukrainian International Airlines jet went down near Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

It is believed he was on holiday and visiting relatives in his native Iran.

Mr Zokaei, who lived in south-west London, was a senior reservoir engineer working for BP Exploration Operating Company and had worked for the firm for 14 years.

Parts of plane are seen as search and rescue works are conducted (Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Red Crescent workers check the debris from the Ukraine International Airlines plane (Image: VIA REUTERS)

A British engineer and his new wife were killed just weeks after their wedding.

Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi, 35, was an engineer with construction firm Laing O’Rourke, a researcher PhD candidate at Imperial College London and a graduate of the universities of Surrey, Greenwich and Tehran, according to his Facebook profile.

Mr Tahmasebi, originally from Iran, and his Iranian wife Niloofar Ebrahim were on their way back to the UK, via Ukraine, to start their married life together when the tragedy struck.

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Businessman Mohammed Reza Kadkhoda-Zadeh, 40, travelled back to his native Iran to see family over the Christmas period and was due to return to the UK via Ukraine on Wednesday.

The father-of-one lived a three-bedroom terraced house in Brighton, East Sussex, and ran a dry cleaning business, Mr Smarty’s, in nearby Hassocks.

The airline said the aircraft was a 737-800, built in 2016.

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