Written by Staff Writer
11 Mar, 2019 | 11:32 am
People around the world are mourning the loss of their loved ones after an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. The victims – 149 passengers and eight crew members – included at least 35 nationalities.
As the news of the crash united the world in grief, an outpouring of shock and sadness spread on social media.
In a post on Twitter, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office expressed its “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims, while authorities declared Monday a day of national mourning. Nine Ethiopians were killed in the crash.
PM Abiy Ahmed shared his condolences in a televised address on behalf of the FDRE Government.
The House of People’s Representatives have declared March 11, 2019 a national day of mourning for citizens of all countries that have passed in this tragic accident. #PMOEthiopia pic.twitter.com/F0aA1sPnYP
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
With 32 people on board the Flight ET 302 hailing from Kenya, the East African country suffered the most losses in the accident. Among the victims was Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary general of the Kenyan football federation, who was due to return home after working as the match commissioner in an African Champions League game in Egypt on Friday.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) March 11, 2019
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta offered prayers for the family members and loved ones of those on the flight.
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.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 10, 2019
Nairobi is due to host a UN environmental conference on Monday, and Antonio Guterres, the world body’s chief, confirmed in a statement that among the victims were UN staff. Guterres said he was “deeply saddened” by the crash and sent his sympathies to the families of the victims.
Deeply saddened by the news this morning of the plane crash in Ethiopia, claiming the lives of all on board. My heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims — including our own @UN staff — who perished in this tragedy.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 10, 2019
David Beasley, the UN’s World Food Program director, also said his organization had lost employees.
The WFP family mourns today — @WFP staff were among those aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight. We will do all that is humanly possible to help the families at this painful time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
— David Beasley (@WFPChief) March 10, 2019
In Canada, the country with the second-highest number of victims, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to Twitter to express his grief, including for the 18 Canadians who perished.
Canadians join people around the world in mourning the loss of so many lives today. Our hearts are breaking for the families and friends of the 18 Canadians who were killed. Please read my full statement on the tragic plane crash in Ethiopia: https://t.co/FG3wVmu5m8
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 10, 2019
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