Condolences Pour In After 157 Die In Ethiopian Airline Crash
Condolences poured in after all 157 people on board a new Ethiopian Airlines plane, en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, died after a crash on Sunday morning have survived.
It is not yet clear what caused the plane to crash but BBC reported that the US planemaker Boeing is under scrutiny as it was a second crash involving one of its planes in five months.
The crash killed 157 people, seven of them crew members and one a security official. The passengers were from 35 nations, with the greatest share from Kenya.
Nineteen United Nations staff members were among those killed, the United Nations said.
Here’s the list of a number of people along with their nationalities released by the airline:
Accident Bulletin no. 3
Issued on March 10, 2019 at 4:59 PM pic.twitter.com/5UOxsbl24f
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2019
A video is also making rounds on the social media which is said to show last few moments before the crash.
— Sarkaar News (@SarkaarNews1) March 11, 2019
Former US president Barack Obama also sent “deepest” sympathies to the plane crash victims.
Michelle and I send our deepest sympathies to all who knew the victims of today’s plane crash in Ethiopia.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 11, 2019
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also released a statement saying that he was saddened by the plane crash.
Pakistani academic Adil Najam condoled the loss of lives and also raised questions over Boeing, saying that this is 2nd brand new Boeing 737Max to crash in 6 months.
Painful news of #EthiopianAirlineCrash🇪🇹. No survivors, 157 dead. Heart goes out to their loved ones.
This is 2nd brand new Boeing #737Max to crash in 6 months (after @LionAirID). @FlyEthiopian, an excellent airline I have flown with, recieved this aircraft less than a year ago. pic.twitter.com/MNVlQun4Cy
— Adil Najam (@AdilNajam) March 10, 2019
People also paid tribute to the victims of the plane crash.
One social media user wrote: “Nigeria loses one of our finest brains. A Professor of African Studies, Late Mr. Pius Adesanmi. #EthiopianAirlineCrash. Still in shock. Goodnight Sir.”
Nigeria loses one of our finest brains. A Professor of African Studies, Late Mr. Pius Adesanmi.#EthiopianAirlineCrash.
Still in shock.
Goodnight Sir. pic.twitter.com/rzZZCbzxdL
— Chidiebele Cy Obika (@ObikaCy) March 10, 2019
Another social media user paid tribute to the pilot of the plane, saying that the pilot, Captain Yared Mulugeta, was a highly experienced pilot.
“Reports state that he had detected something during flight #ET302 & requested to return to Bole Airport,” the user said.
Captain Yared Mulugeta of @flyethiopian. A highly experienced pilot, 12 years in aviation under his belt. Reports state that he had detected something during flight #ET302 & requested to return to Bole Airport. He died today, way too young. A colossal loss. #EthiopianAirlineCrash pic.twitter.com/D5rMyTRIkt
— Zecharias Zelalem (@ZekuZelalem) March 10, 2019
Moreover, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and India’s top leadership had expressed condolences over the loss of lives.