05/20/2016 02:03 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 02:59 EDT

Marwa Hamdy, Saskatoon-Born Mom, Identified As Passenger On Crashed EgyptAir Flight

She was a "very attentive mother, kind, helpful," said a friend.

One of two Canadians on board an EgyptAir flight that crashed early Thursday has been identified as a Saskatoon-born mother of three.

A friend confirmed to Postmedia Friday that Marwa Hamdy, a businesswoman, was on Flight 804, which disappeared from radar screens between Paris and Cairo.

She was a “very attentive mother, kind, helpful… loved by everyone who knew her,” Haleh Banani told CTV News.

She was a “very attentive mother, kind, helpful… loved by everyone who knew her.”

Hamdy grew up in Saskatoon and moved to Cairo for post-secondary school. It was there where she got married and settled down, Banani said. She worked as a project manager for IBM.

Her sons are between the ages of 11 and 16, Postmedia reported. Banani said she's impressed with how well Hamdy’s eldest son is handling news of his mother's death.

“I think he’s being very hopeful,” she told the outlet. “He told me he needed to be strong for his younger brothers."

Two Canadians were on board the EgyptAir flight, Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion said in a statement Thursday.

The federal government is working closely with local authorities to determine if any other Canadians were on the plane, Dion's statement said.

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