Edmonton sisters killed in Iran plane crash remembered as ‘so kind’ and ‘extraordinarily capable’

Two incredibly bright sisters from Edmonton who died when a plane crashed near Tehran are being remembered for their passion to help others.

Saba and Sara Saadat were on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 with their mother, Shekoufeh Choupannejad, a physician who worked out of a north Edmonton clinic.

Saba was finishing up her undergrad at the University of Alberta. She was in her fourth year, studying biology with a minor in psychology. She was applying for medical school.

“Knowing how bright and how smart she was, I had no doubt that she’d be able to accomplish that goal,” said Daniel Ghods-Esfahani, who was in a relationship with Saba.

He said Saba and Sara were incredibly close. They were both kind, giving friends with a drive to help others.

Sara had just graduated in May and was accepted into the clinical psychology program at Alliant University in San Diego.

“The common theme in both these areas is their passion for serving others and helping people in situations that they were once in,” Ghods-Esfahani said. “That feeling of not belonging and being left out was a big driving factor in their passion of serving people.”

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