Sunday 10, 2019, was a day of grief for so many including Nigerians. None of the 157 people, including two Nigerians on board an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday morning en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa has survived, the airline said.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, took off at 08:38 am (05:38 GMT) and lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes later.
It crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.
It was not directly clear what caused the crash of the plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. The pilot, who had been working for the carrier since 2010, sent out a distress call shortly after take-off and was given clearance to return.
So far, two Nigerians have been reported to be among the victims. The death of two prominent Nigerians Professor, Pius Adesanmi, and Abiodun Bashua, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash of Sunday, has continued to elicit grief in many Nigerians. .
Before their demise, Mr Bashua was a UN expert who had extensive experience in several United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa. Pius Adesanmi, who before his death worked at the Institute of African Studies in Carleton University of Canada, was a columnist at PREMIUM TIMES as well as other Nigerian media outfits.
Ethiopian Airlines said it set up a committee with all stakeholders concerned to conduct forensic investigations and identify the victims.