The United Nations (UN) has expressed profound shock and dismay over the crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday morning.
The global body stated this in a statement issued by the Communications Section of Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on behalf of Ms Vera Songwe, the executive secretary of ECA, NAN reports.
“As the UN family, we are deeply saddened by all the lives lost in this tragedy.
“We have lost numerous members of staff from UN agencies. We have also learnt of losses in other international organizations as well.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, close friends and colleagues of the victims of this crash.
“The United Nations family is mourning the loss of our colleagues and friends, many of whom lost their lives carrying out their professional duties today.
“We will be reaching out to families and offering our support,” Songwe said.
It had earlier been reported that the airline announced that there were no survivors on its flight ET302 which crashed on Sunday en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa.
The airline said the 149 passengers and eight crew members on board the B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ, all died in the crash.
“None of the people on board the Boeing 737 that crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi survived,” the airline said.
Reports had that Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday.