|Prof. Pius Adesanmi|
Nigerian-born Canadian Professor, Pius Adesanmi, has been confirmed to be among victims of an
ill-fated Ethiopian Airline flight 302, which
claimed the lives of all 157 people on-board the plane on Sunday.
a writer and literary critic, satirist, and columnist. He was carrying a Canadian
Nigerian identified was Amb. Abiodun Bashua,
a former United Nations and African Union Deputy Special Representative in
was carrying a UN’s passport.
passenger information showed that there were 32 Kenyans, Canada ,18; Ethiopian, 9; China,
Italy and USA, 8 each; France and UK, 7; Egypt, 6; Germany, 5; India and
Slovakia, 4 each; Austria, Russia, Sweden, 3 each and Spain, Israel, Morocco,
Poland, 2 each.
countries with one national on board were Belgium, Djibouti, Indonesia,
Ireland, Mozambique, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi, Sudan, Somalia, Serbia, Togo,
Uganda, Yemen and Nepal.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said: ”It is too early to speculate the cause
of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the
cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the
aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and
other international entities to maintain the international standard and
information will be provided once the cause is identified.”
Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the
disclosed that a senior captain named Yared Getachew with a cumulative
flight hour of more than 8,000 and with a commendable performance was
commanding the flight along with first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who
had a flight hour of 200.
added that the crashed airplane flew back to Addis from Johannesburg Sunday
morning before being positioned for the Nairobi flight.
plane underwent “a rigorous first check maintenance in February 04, 2019.”
was the same as the Lion Air plane which crashed in October, last year in
Indonesia killing 189 people on board.
expressed concern over the fate of the B737-800.
Yunusa, a veteran pilot, told Daily Trust that the aircraft might be suffering
from a design error.