One of two Canadians who were passengers on a plane that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea is being remembered by friends as a devoted mother with a beautiful heart.
A spokeswoman with EgyptAir has confirmed Marwa Hamdy was one of the Canadians on board flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo on Thursday.
News reports say Hamdy was born and raised in Saskatoon but moved to Egypt several years ago.
Friends and family on Facebook mourned Hamdy on Friday.
Tamer Fahmy wrote that he worked closely with Hamdy at IBM and considered the considerate and professional woman a “true sister.”
Vivienne El Khawwam also posted that Hamdy brought happiness to everyone and was an “amazing super hero mother to her three sons.”
The Hayah International Academy in Cairo, where Hamdy’s boys are in grades 4, 7 and 11, announced Hamdy’s death to other parents on its Facebook page.
“A devoted and loving mother, Marwa is greatly appreciated by everyone who has had the chance to deal with her,” said the school.
“Her children’s teachers and Hayah parents who know Marwa personally speak of her dedicated and supportive nature; always there to offer a helping hand with a pure smile.”
Mariam Emara posted on her page that she had lost a dear friend.
“Marwa Hamdy she was one of a kind, just a soul and beautiful heart living with us,” Emara wrote.
“I will miss your priceless advice and your kind heart.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion earlier announced that two Canadians were on board the jetliner. The second Canadian has not been named.
Authorities have said the plane with 66 people on board suddenly lurched left then right before plummeting from the clear sky. Search crews found human remains, luggage and seats on Friday.
Officials and air experts have said the aircraft may have been brought down by terrorists.
So far, no militant group has claimed to have brought down the plane.
– With files from the Associated Press