China, India nationals among passengers and crew killed in Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash

China, India nationals among passengers and crew killed in Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash

Red Cross teams work through the debris of an Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed shortly after
Red Cross teams work through the debris of an Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board AFP/Michael TEWELDE

SINGAPORE: Eight Chinese, four Indians, an Indonesian and a Nepali were among the passengers and crew on board the crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, a flight manifest released by the airlines showed.

The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft “lost contact” six minutes after it took off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on Sunday (Mar 10) and came down outside the town of Bishoftu, killing all 157 people on board.

A national day of mourning has been declared on Monday amid a stream of condolences for loved ones, many of whom gathered in tears at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

According to the flight manifest shared by Ethiopian Airlines' official Twitter account, the passengers and crew members who died came from 35 countries, including 32 Kenyans and 18 Canadians.

There were also eight Chinese, four Indian nationals, an Indonesian and one Nepali on board.

READ: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing crashes, killing all 157 on board

According to China's CCTV news, one of the Chinese passengers was Hong Kong resident Tsang Ching-ngai, who worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme. He was a programme officer in the Gender and Safeguards Unit, reported South China Morning Post, which also identified him as Victor Tsang Shing-nga.

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A Chinese group look at the arrival schedule board informing about their colleagues who were allegedly onboard the plane that crashed in Ethiopia, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on Mar 10, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Yasuyoshi CHIBA)

The United Nations (UN) had confirmed that at least 19 people on the aircraft were UN-affiliated personnel, including those who worked for the International Organisation for Migration, the World Food Program (WFP), UN Refugee Agency, World Bank and the UN Environment Agency.

READ: At least 19 UN-affiliated personnel killed in Ethiopian crash

Many were headed for an annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, which opens in Nairobi on Monday with about 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives.

The four Indian passengers were identified as Pannagesh Bhaskar Vaidya, Hansini Pannagesh Vaidya, Nukavarapu Manisha and Shikha Garg, tweeted India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. 

She added that Shikha Garg was a consultant with India's ministry of environment and forests and was travelling to attend the United Nations Environment Programme.

Relatives leave the information centre following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash,
Relatives leave the information centre following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The Indonesian woman, who lived in Italy, along with Nepali Ekta Adhikari, worked for the WFP, the BBC and The Himalayan Times reported respectively. 

Other passengers on board the aircraft included those from Ethiopia, Italy, United States, France, the United Kingdom and Slovakia. 

Slovak MP Anton Hrnko earlier wrote on Facebook that he had lost his wife, son and daughter in the crash.

"It is with deep sorrow that I announce that my dear wife, Blanka, son Martin and daughter Michala, died in the air disaster in Addis Ababa this morning," he said.

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Ethiopian Airlines had expressed “profound sorrow and deepest condolences” to the families of victims and loved ones, it said in a statement.

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Locator map and death toll by nationality of passengers on the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed near Bishoftu in Ethiopia Sunday killing all 157 people on board. AFP/Jonathan WALTER

A committee comprising Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out investigations, it said in a separate statement.

The plane that went down on Sunday is the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

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The Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 aircraft which crashed on Sunday was new and delivered to state-owned Ethiopian Airways on Nov 15.


Source: CNA/AFP/na(mi)

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