Nairobi: An Ethiopian Airlines Adis Ababa – Nairobi flight that was carrying 157 people has crashed. There are no survivors.
The Boeing 737 Max-8 flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya had 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board. It crashed shortly after take-off from Adis Ababa at 08:44 local time.
The flight was carrying 32 Kenyans. Also among the passengers were 18 Canadian, 8 American, 7 Btritish and 4 Indian nationals.
According to a facebook post by UN staff unions: A significant number of UN family colleagues were on Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, many heading for the opening of the UN Environment Assembly. The Department of Operational Support is working to establish the full picture. <br>
Based on TRIP and UN travel agencies, 19 staff are reported as having been on the flight. However, the number may change once the flight manifest is released. Flags will be flown at half mast on Monday.
Statement of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
GENEVA, 10 March – It is with great sadness and shock that I have learned today that UNHCR colleagues were among the passengers of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 which crashed in Ethiopia this morning. Colleagues from the United Nations and other partners were also on board.
Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that there were no survivors.
We are working to confirm how many UNHCR colleagues were among those on board the tragic flight. We are following through our procedures to inform the families and assist them at this heart-breaking and painful time.
UNHCR has suffered today a huge loss. Our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of our colleagues and all others we have so tragically lost today.
President of The Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta expressed condolences on Twitter:
“We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board.”