Niloufar Ebrahim, 34, and her groom Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi, 35, held a traditional wedding in Lahijan, Iran – where he was born – after a civil ceremony in the UK. The bride’s sister Navaz said they caught Flight PS752 on January 8 after postponing their return to London for the pictures. The Ukrainian Inter-national Airline flight to Kiev was accidentally shot down over Tehran by two Iranian military missiles, killing all 176 passengers and crew.
Last night a tearful Navaz said: “Niloufar was the sweetest heart, sister and friend I could ever ask for. Everyone loved her.
“She always cared for others more than caring for herself. She had a beautiful personality.” Navaz, who lives in Dallas, spoke to her sister by phone just minutes before the Boeing 737 took off. She said: “We had a normal conversation. ‘Love you, we’re about to depart. We’ll let you know when we get there.’ We said bye.
“Later I was checking my Facebook and I saw news that a Ukrainian airplane had crashed. I didn’t want to believe it was her flight.
“I asked my mum to read the flight number and she said ‘752’ and we were all screaming.” Her sister, who lived in Chiswick, west London, with her husband, had recently completed an MSc in occupational and business psychology.
Her cousin went to her graduation ceremony on January 17 at Kingston University London.
Saeed, an engineer for Laing O’Rourk, had been studying part-time for a PhD at Imperial College London. Colleagues paid tribute to his “warm and humble nature”.
The couple were introduced by a mutual friend two years ago and tied the knot in London last May.