Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Downing of Flight 752
One year ago today, 176 people died when the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by the Iranian Government over Tehran. This senseless global tragedy impacted Canadians from coast to coast. 138 of the passengers who died that day were headed home to Canada.
My grandfather, Daniel Albert McCoy, was a gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force. His plane was shot down over Belgium during WWII and it took him two years to get home to his family. He travelled by night through enemy territory aided by Belgium allies, sleeping in barns and haylofts, hiding from German soldiers. He didn’t get to meet his daughter, my mother, until she was 2 years old.