Ottawa tech CEO Ali Pey among victims of Tehran plane crash

A member of Ottawa’s tech community is among the victims of a Boeing 737 plane crash in Tehran late Tuesday evening.

Friends and colleagues confirmed to OBJ that Ali Pey, the CEO of Ottawa-based Message Hopper, died in the crash that killed all 176 people on board, including 63 Canadians. The former Nortel Networks employee was 48 years old.

Also among the Ottawa-based victims of the flight were three University of Ottawa students, as well as a PhD student and an alumnus of Carleton University.

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was en route to Kyiv – Ukraine's capital – when it crashed shortly after takeoff.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will work with its international partners to investigate the cause of the plane crash thoroughly. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Twitter that Canada would offer technical assistance in the crash investigation.

– With files from Canadian Press