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United Nations chief saddened by Ethiopia passenger plane crash: spokesperson | Coastweek

BISHOFTU Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The wreckage of an Ethiopian Airlines’ aircraft is seen at the crash site, some 50 km east of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019. All 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight were confirmed dead as Africa’s fastest growing airline witnessed the worst-ever incident in its history. The incident on Sunday, which involved a Boeing 737-800 MAX, occurred a few minutes after the aircraft took off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to Nairobi, Kenya. It crashed around Bishoftu town, the airline said. XINHUA PHOTOS - WANG SHOUBAO

International grief: United Nations chief saddened
by Ethiopia passenger plane crash: spokesperson

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 the day.

"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 said.

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 tweeted.

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 France.

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 incident.

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 statement.

"It is always shocking and sad news to hear of such an accident.

"It’s even more deeply affecting when it occurs in a country within our region and a flight route all familiar to us," the statement said.

"The whole IGAD region and the world are today mourning," it said.

"As this tragedy is unfolding, I pray for the souls of those who have lost their lives to find eternal peace."

IOM Director-General Extends Condolences
after Plane Crash Claims IOM and UN Staff

GENEVA – 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 Anne-Katrin Feigl.

Ms Feigl, a German national, was en route to a training course in Nairobi as part of her role as a Junior Professional Officer.

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 organizations perished.

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.



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