Sam Zokaei Bio
Sam Zokaei was a former Aberdeen oil and gas engineer. He was named among the UK victims of the tragic Ukrainian International Airlines crash in Iran yesterday.
Sam Zokaei Age
He was 42 years old
Who is Sam Zokaei
Sam Zokaei, a 42-year old BP reservoir engineer who was part of the Granite City’s Latin dance scene, was identified as one of the three UK victims on board the fateful Boeing-737 flight out of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport.
On Facebook, Zokaei wrote that he lived in London. According to UK Metro, he was 42 years old and worked for BP as a senior reservoir engineer. “He graduated from Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, in 2004 with a masters in petroleum engineering and was believed to be in Iran on holiday,” the site reported.
Sam Zokaei Nationality
Mr Zokaei, a dual Iranian-British citizen who was holidaying in Iran, had worked with BP for more than 14 years.
Sam Zokaei Education
He lived in Aberdeen between 2004 and 2007, was educated at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, but moved to London nearly five years ago.
Sam Zokaei Tributes
North Sea giant BP confirmed the news last night, adding that the company was “shocked and deeply saddened” to learn of Mr Zokaei’s death.
One Aberdeen acquaintance described Mr Zokaei as a “very humble” and “soft spoken guy who was always polite”.
Justin Nathan added that that he was “deeply shocked” at the news.
It is also understood that Mr Zokeai was a budding salsa dancer during his time in Aberdeen, attending classes at Latin Dance Aberdeen held at the Exodus nightspot.
A Ukrainian Boeing-737 carrying 176 people bound for Kiev crashed in Tehran just after 02:40 GMT on Tuesday morning.
Officials said on Tuesday morning there was “no chance” of survivors being discovered.
A spokeswoman for BP said: “With the deepest regret, we can confirm that one of our colleagues at BP, Sam Zokaei, was a passenger on the Ukrainian International Airlines plane that crashed in Iran this morning, reportedly with no survivors.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our friend and colleague and all of our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Ali Sharma wrote on Facebook: “Lost a dear friend among the passengers. Sam Zokaei, you will always be in our memories and heart. I am heartbroken for this news.😔😔” Another person wrote, “Please stop calling me guys, yes, I lost my second brother too, Sam Zokaei lost his life on this morning’s plane crash as he was coming back to London.”
Another friend wrote on Facebook: “I am absolutely speechless. RIP Sam Zokaei. An old friend that studied at Heriot Watt university here in Edinburgh.”
UK Standard reported that Zokaei had worked for BP for 14 years. Omid Nooranipour, his best friend, told the Standard: “He had been visiting family like any other Iranian does in January. He was coming back today. Everyone is just in shock.” BP also confirmed his death.