Four-Indians, among 157, who died in Ethiopian crash

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11 Mar 2019

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Four Indians, including Environment Ministry's consultant, died

Four Indians lost their lives in the Ethiopian Airlines' jet crash which happened on Sunday morning, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed.

The Boeing 737 passenger jet, was bound for Kenyan capital Nairobi from Addis Ababa when it crashed. All 149 passengers and eight crew members died in the fatal accident.

Passengers from 35 nations were on board the fateful aircraft.

Here's more.

Context

Backstory: Aircraft lost contact six minutes after take off

Backstory: Aircraft lost contact six minutes after take off

The ill-fated Boeing 737-800MAX of the state-owned airlines took off from Bole International Airport at 8:38 AM (local time). It lost contact just six minutes later.

The flight was scheduled to land in Nairobi at 10:25 AM but crashed outside Bishoftu, which is about 60 km away from the Ethiopian capital.

The crash came hours before a major UN Environment program in Nairobi.

What happened

Pilot was given clearance to return, said CEO

CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the plane was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in November 2018 and had flown in from Johannesburg.

He added no issues were flagged before take off. But after the pilot faced problems, he was given clearance to return.

Notably, Boeing 737-800MAX is similar to the Indonesian Lion Air jet, which crashed last year, killing all 189 on board.

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Deceased

Swaraj confirmed names of Indians who died in crash

Swaraj confirmed names of Indians who died in crash

The largest number of passengers were from Kenya. The aircraft also carried 19 UN staff members, who worked for various departments of the global body, CNN reported.

The Indian nationals who passed away were identified as Vaidya Pannagesh Bhaskar, Vaidya Hansin Annagesh, Nukavarapu Manisha and Shikha Garg.

Garg was a consultant for environment ministry and was traveling to Nairobi for the UN meeting.

I am reaching out to families: Swaraj

People from different countries boarded the flight

The airlines revealed 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, eight each from China, US, and Italy and seven each from France and Britain, died in the fatal crash.

Reaction

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed condolences

UN released a statement saying Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was deeply saddened by the incident.

"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 read.

The UN is in touch with Ethiopian authorities.

Grief

At Nairobi airport, relatives waited for news

At Nairobi airport, relatives waited for news

The scene at Nairobi airport was distressing. Concerned relatives said they learned about the crash through journalists.

"We're just waiting for my mum. We're just hoping she took a different flight or was delayed. She's not picking up her phone," said Wendy Otieno.

Robert Mutanda said he was waiting for his brother-in-law. "Nobody has told us anything, we are just standing here hoping for the best," he told Reuters.

Happy ending

Meanwhile, some breathed a sigh of relief

Fortunately, for Khalid Ali Abdulrahman the day didn't turn out to be tragic.

He reached the Nairobi airport around 10:00 AM to receive his son when a security official informed him about the crash.

"I was shocked, but shortly after, my son contacted me and told me he is still in Addis and did not board that flight," Abdulrahman revealed.

Probe

Boeing has offered assistance in investigation

Boeing has offered assistance in investigation

Boeing, the US-based company which manufactured the aircraft, offered condolences. "A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the US National Transportation Safety Board," the company's statement read.

While Ethiopian authorities will lead the probe, they will be helped by the US.

The cause of the tragic crash hasn't been ascertained yet.

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