Nigerian professor, Pius Adesanmi, 156 others die in Ethiopian air crash

Prof. Pius Adesanmi

A 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.

Adesanmi was a writer and literary critic, satirist, and columnist. He was carrying a Canadian passport.
Another Nigerian identified was Amb. Abiodun Bashua, a former United Nations and African Union Deputy Special Representative in Dafur, who was carrying a UN’s passport.
The airline’s 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.
Other countries with one national on board were Belgium, Djibouti, Indonesia, Ireland, Mozambique, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi, Sudan, Somalia, Serbia, Togo, Uganda, Yemen and Nepal.
In a news release, the 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.”
According to him, Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims.”
The statement 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.
The airline added that the crashed airplane flew back to Addis from Johannesburg Sunday morning before being positioned for the Nairobi flight.
It said the plane underwent “a rigorous first check maintenance  in February 04, 2019.”
The aircraft was the same as the Lion Air plane which crashed in October, last year in Indonesia killing 189 people on board.
Experts have expressed concern over the fate of the B737-800.
Capt. Ibrahim Yunusa, a veteran pilot, told Daily Trust that the aircraft might be suffering from a design error.