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Ethiopia’s parliament declared a day of mourning to remember victims of the plane crash.

Ethiopia’s parliament has declared a day of mourning to remember the victims of the plane crash.

Passengers from more than 30 countries were on the flight, including 19 United Nations staff.

Others were doctors, academics and a well-known Nigerian writer Pius Adesanmi.

A Slovak MP, Anton Hrnko, confirmed that his wife and two children were on the plane.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to publish the findings of the investigation.

It will take place in co-ordination with experts from Boeing and the US National Transportation Safety Board

Meanwhile, Flags are flying at half-mast in Ethiopia as the country mourns the 157 people killed in Sunday’s plane crash near the town of Bishoftu, 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital Addis Ababa.

UN mourns delegates who died

Participants of a UN environmental meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, are mourning the loss of delegates who were on the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane.

The UN Environmental programme described the deaths as a “terrible loss”:

“The environmental community is in mourning today. Many of those that lost their lives were en-route to provide support and participate in the UN Environment Assembly. We lost UN staff, youth delegates travelling to the Assembly, seasoned scientists, members of academia and other partners,” it said in a statement.


Nigeria mourns much-loved academic

Nigerian-born Canadian professor and writer Pius Adesanmi has been named among the victims of Sunday’s air disaster in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight was en route from Addis Ababa to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, but crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

Mr Adesanmi was traveling from Canada to Nairobi to attend an African Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council meeting.

The community of Nigerian writers, scholars and journalists said, in a statement on Facebook, that it was dealing with the “painful loss of our friend”.

He was active on social media, where he “flagellated the Nigerian ruling class” with well-thought essays, amassing a huge following in the process.

Until his death, Mr Adesanmi was a professor of English and the director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Canada.

He is survived by a wife and two daughters.

In a related development, Tributes have been pouring in for former Kenyan journalist Anthony Ngare, who lost his life in the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.

Mr Ngare had just represented Kenya at a UN conference in Paris and was on his way to Nairobi.




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