UNITED NATIONS New
York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres was saddened by the plane crash near the
Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, his spokesperson said Sunday.
"The secretary-general was deeply saddened at the tragic loss of
lives in the airplane crash today near Addis Ababa," Stephane
Dujarric said in a statement.
"He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the
victims’ families and loved ones, including those of United
Nations staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the
government and people of Ethiopia," the statement said.
It added the United Nations is in contact with the Ethiopian
authorities and working closely with them to establish the
details of UN personnel who died in this tragedy.
Earlier Sunday, all 157 people on board the Ethiopian
Airlines plane died in a crash, said the airline company.
The Boeing 737-800 MAX, bound for Kenya’s Nairobi, took off
at 08:38 a.m. local time from Addis Ababa and lost contact at
08:44 a.m., it said.
Ugandan president mourns
victims of Ethiopian Airlines jet crash
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday sent
a condolence message to the families and friends of the 157
people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines jet crash earlier in
"I have, with sadness, received news about the crash of the
Ethiopian Airlines flight which was destined for Nairobi (Kenya)
from Addis Ababa," Museveni said in a tweet.
"On Uganda’s behalf, I send heartfelt prayers and condolences
to all those affected by this tragedy," he said.
Okello Oryem, Uganda’s minister of state in charge of
international affairs, said Uganda’s thoughts and prayers go out
to families of the victims of the crash.
The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737-800 MAX crashed near Bishoftu
inside Ethiopia, six minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya,
carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members.
Ghana president offers
condolences over Ethiopian airlines crash
ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua) --
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on
Sunday sent a message of condolences to the Prime Minister of
Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed over the Ethiopian Airlines crash that
killed the 157 people onboard.
According to a press release, like all Ghanaians, the
president has been deeply saddened by Sunday’s news of the
tragic loss of 157 lives, who perished on board an Ethiopian
Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.
Akufo-Addo, on behalf of the government and people of Ghana,
extended deep condolences and sympathies to the families of the
deceased, and to Abiy Ahmed, the government and people of
Ethiopia in these difficult times.
"May the souls of the departed rest in peace," the release
According to Ethiopian Airlines, the aircraft Boeing 737-800
MAX took off in the morning from Addis Ababa Bole International
Airport and crashed minutes later around Bishoftu town, some 45
km from the capital Addis Ababa.
France’s Macron confirms
"several French citizens"
killed in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
PARIS France (Xinhua) --
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said
that "several French nationals" were among the 157 people killed
in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines (ET) flight earlier Sunday.
"My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the
Ethiopian Airlines flight’s victims, among which several French
citizens," Macron wrote on Twitter.
"We share their sorrow. France stands by the people of
Ethiopia and Kenya, and expresses its full solidarity," he
The aircraft, Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 a.m.
local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost
contact at 08:44 a.m.
It crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 km from the capital.
All 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard the flight
ET 302 bound for Nairobi, Kenya, were confirmed killed,
according to the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).
The airline said earlier that the victims include 32 from
Kenya, 18 from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight each from
China, Italy and the United States, seven each from Britain and
In a statement, however, France’s Foreign Ministry said "our
embassy and our consular service are mobilized in close contact
with the Ethiopian authorities to check if French nationals are
among the list of victims."
It added that a crisis unit was opened following the
IGAD chair expresses
condolences over Ethiopian Airlines crash
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The executive secretary of the Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, on Sunday
expressed condolences following the crash of an Ethiopian
Airlines flight that killed all 157 people aboard.
"Following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in
Ethiopia this morning, the executive secretary of IGAD presents
his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who lost
their beloved ones in that tragic accident," IGAD said in a
"It is always shocking and sad news to hear of such an
"It’s even more deeply affecting when it occurs in a country
within our region and a flight route all familiar to us," the
"The whole IGAD region and the world are today mourning," it
"As this tragedy is unfolding, I pray for the souls of those
who have lost their lives to find eternal peace."
after Plane Crash Claims IOM and UN Staff
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for
IOM’s Director-General António Vitorino:
The Director-General is deeply saddened to learn of the
today’s tragic Ethiopian Airlines accident which claimed the
lives of all 157 aboard, including a young IOM staff member
Ms Feigl, a German national, was en route to a training
course in Nairobi as part of her role as a Junior Professional
Numerous other staff members from at least five UN and
affiliated organizations are understood to have also perished on
the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 from the capital city Addis
Ababa to Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
There were some 32 nationalities on the doomed flight.
Early indications are that 19 staff members of UN affiliated
Alongside IOM, these include the World Food Program (WFP),
the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN Environment Program (UNEP),
the World Bank and others also lost colleagues in the tragedy.
The Director-General extends his heartfelt condolences and
deepest sympathy to the bereaved families of all the victims of
this tragic crash.
The tragedy has deeply affected the entire UN family he said,
extending his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of
Anne Feigl, those of other UN organizations as well as other
passengers and crew.
Catherine Northing, Chief of Mission of IOM Sudan where Anne
Feigl worked, said:
« She was an extremely valued colleague and popular staff
member, committed and professional.
« The staff are in a state of shock. One colleague said today
´she was always bringing happiness to us’.
Her tragic passing has left a big hole and we will all miss
her greatly. »
As a mark of respect IOM will fly its flag at half-mast at
its offices tomorrow, as will the UN and it’s agencies.