Pius Adesanmi, Nigeria-born Canadian professor, was among the passengers on ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday morning. Pius Adesanmi Seven British, seven French, eight Italian and 18 Canadian nationals are among the 157 victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday.
Thirty-two Kenyan, nine Ethiopian, eight U.S. and eight Chinese nationals were also among the dead, Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive, Tewolde GebreMariam, told journalists. None of the 149 passengers and eight crew members on board the Boeing 737 that crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi survived, the airline said. The 157 passengers were of 35 different nationalities, with one person travelling on a UN passport, the airline said. Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, about 50 kilometres south-east of the Ethiopian capital. This handout photograph released from the Twitter account of Ethiopian Airlines on March 10, 2019, shows a man inspecting what is believed to be wreckage at the crash site of an Ethiopia Airlines aircraft near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. – A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as world leaders offered condolences to distraught next-of-kin. People holding passports from 32 countries and the UN were on board the plane which ploughed into a field just 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa, the carrier’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the capital, lamenting this “very sad and tragic day.” (Photo by HO / TWITTER ACCOUNT OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES / AFP) / The Boeing 737 took off at 8:38 am (0538 GMT) from Bole International Airport and lost contact a few minutes later, according to the airline. Shortly after take-off, the senior pilot, who had been working for the airline since 2010, sent a distress call and was given clearance to return, GebreMariam said. The airline had bought the new plane in November, according to GebreMariam. The plane had flown only 1,200 hours since its purchase and was last maintained on Feb. 4. The plane had arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday morning from Johannesburg, South Africa, before taking off for Nairobi a few hours later, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
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