THE sister of a newlywed killed in the Iran plane crash has relived the moment she found out her sibling and her new husband had been killed.
Brit Saeed Tahmasebi Khademsadi, 35, and his new bride Niloofar Ebrahim, 34, were among the 176 who perished when the Ukraine International Airlines flight was shot down near Tehran this week.
And the sister of Kingston Uni graduate Niloofar today relived the horrifying moment she found out the happy couple had perished.
Navas Ebrahim said she spoke to the pair minutes before their deaths, as they waited to take off.
She told GMB: “Niloofar and Saeed called when they were sitting in the aeroplane, right before departure and we just had a normal conversation – ‘Love you, let us know when you get there’.
“And a few minutes after, I was on Facebook and I just saw this news that a Ukrainian aeroplane crashed and I had no idea what aeroplane they were on. I just started getting worried.”
Navas said she managed to find out the airline and flight number by Googling the departure time – the only information she had – and saw online the flight was “delayed”.
We were just screaming. We found out like that.”
Navas Ebrahim, victim’s sister
She continued: “I got really worried and then I called my mum in Iran and I think I woke her up – it was 8.30 in the morning there.
“And remember I just I asked her, ‘Mummy, mummy, just tell me what airline they were flying with?’
“And she got worried, of course, and she was asking ‘What happened?’
“I was like, ‘Mummy, I don’t know. Just tell me the name of the airline.
“And as soon as she said it was the Ukraine airline I was starting to shake.”
She said her mum asked her again what had happened and she told her the plane had crashed.
Fighting back tears, Navas said: “We were just screaming
“We found out like that.”
Niloofar and Saeed got married in London in May, but had travelled out to Tehran to have another wedding ceremony for their Iranian family members.
They were only on board the doomed passenger jet because they had waited behind to pick up their wedding photos.
Navas said: “They were just having fun. They did their wedding pictures. It was such a happy trip.
“Who would think such a tragedy would happen after that?”
She added: “We can’t believe it, it’s so tragic. Two beautiful souls… but they’re not coming back. It’s so difficult to believe that.”
Asked about the possibility that the plane had been shot down, Navas said: “I’m sure the truth will come out, regardless.”
Iran claims the crash was caused by a “technical problem” – but Western governments have now said the jet was shot down.
Satellite data detected two surface-to-air missiles being launched just minutes after the Boeing 737 took off, the US government says.
And new video shows at least one of the rockets streaking across the night sky in Tehran before the jet explodes.
The aircraft came down hours after Iran launched a barrage of rockets against US targets in Iraq.
And it’s thought jittery air defence troops targeted the plane by mistake, fearing it was a US bomber.